Please wait, the site is loading...

Classic roast turkey with chestnut stuffing balls


Serves: 6 (with leftovers)
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:
Classic roast turkey with chestnut stuffing balls
Recipe photograph by Jonathan Gregson

Classic roast turkey with chestnut stuffing balls


Serves: 6 (with leftovers)
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:

Rate this recipe
Print Print
See more recipes

Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
695Kcal
Fat
38gr
Saturates
11gr
Carbs
26gr
Sugars
4gr
Fibre
2gr
Protein
62gr
Salt
1.8gr

John Williams

John Williams

Executive chef at The Ritz, John Williams has 40 years' experience in top kitchens. John cooks classic French food and was the first British chef to be awarded a CMA from the French government for services to French cuisine.
See more of John Williams’s recipes
John Williams

John Williams

Executive chef at The Ritz, John Williams has 40 years' experience in top kitchens. John cooks classic French food and was the first British chef to be awarded a CMA from the French government for services to French cuisine.
See more of John Williams’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 x 5kg turkey, giblets removed
  • 75g soft butter
  • 60ml oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3 large sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 large sprigs of thyme
  • 400ml stock, ideally made from the turkey giblets
For the stuffing balls:
  • 25g butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 400g good-quality Cumberland sausages
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 150g whole cooked and peeled chestnuts
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs

Step by step

Get ahead
Make and shape the stuffing balls a day ahead; chill. They can also be frozen; defrost before cooking.
  1. Remove the turkey from the fridge several hours before cooking. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. In a bowl, mix the butter with some seasoning. Using your fingers, carefully lift the skin away from the breast of the turkey and smear the butter under the skin on to the breast.
  2. Place the turkey in a roasting tray with a little oil, then put the onion, lemon and herbs in the cavity; tie the legs with string. Roast in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes per kilo (1 hour 40 minutes for a 5kg bird).
  3. For the stuffing balls, melt the butter in a pan and add the onion. Cover with a lid and gently cook the onion for 8-10 minutes. Cool.
  4. Squeeze the sausagemeat from the sausages into a bowl, discarding the skins, mix with a wooden spoon to break it up. Add the cooled onions, herbs and the chestnuts. Finally, add the breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly. Using your hands, roll the stuffing into 18 balls and transfer to an oiled baking tray.
  5. Once the turkey is cooked, remove from the oven and leave the turkey to rest for 30-45 minutes. Reserve the juices in the tin for the gravy. Cook the stuffing balls for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the gravy, skim off the excess fat from the juices and put roasting tray on the hob. Slowly add the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. If you prefer a thicker gravy, add a tablespoon of cornflour that you have mixed with a little cold water, whisk it in until smooth. Season the gravy and pour it through a sieve into a serving jug.
  7. Serve the turkey with stuffing balls and all the trimmings.

You might also like...


We value your privacy

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our site and to allow us and third parties to customise the marketing content you see across websites and social media. For more information see our cookie policy.

Cookie Preference Centre

Learn more about what each cookie category does and choose your settings (toggle right to opt in or left to opt out). Cookie policy


Strictly Necessary

These technologies are needed to enable our websites and apps to run and to keep it secure.

Sainsbury's Magazine

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
PHPSESSID Until the browsing session ends
device_view 1 month
recentlyViewedRecipes 1 year
subscription-{popup-version-date}-PopupClosed 12 days

Vimeo

Enables Vimeo videos on the site

Cookie name Duration
_derived_epik 1 year

Constant Commerce

Enables shopping tools for recipe ingredients

Cookie name Duration
cc_a_h 10 years
cc_a_s Until the browsing session ends

DoubleClick

DoubleClick Digital Marketing (DDM) is an integrated ad-technology platform that enables us to more effectively create, manage and grow high-impact digital marketing campaigns.

Cookie name Duration
DSID 10 days
IDE 1 year
RUL 11 months

Performance/Analytics

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Google

Google Analytics tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
__gads 13 months
_ga 28 months
_gat 1 minute
_gid 1 day
1P_JAR 1 month
ANID 10 days
CONSENT 18 years
NID 6 months
__Secure-3PAPISID 2 years
__Secure-3PSID 2 years
__Secure-3PSIDCC 1 year

Marketing/Targeting

These technologies help us decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you. We use this data to customise the marketing content you see on websites, apps and social media. They also help us understand the performance of our marketing activities. These cookies are set by us or our carefully-selected third parties.

Pinterest

Pinterest conversion tracking gathers conversion insights and builds audiences to target based on actions our visitors have taken on the site.

Cookie name Duration
_pinterest_ct_rt 1 year
_pinterest_ct_ua 1 year
_pin_unauth 1 year

Outbrain

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
outbrain_cid_fetch 5 minutes
adrl 5 weeks
apnxs 6 weeks
criteo 2 months
obuid 6 months

Twitter

Twitter conversion tracking enables us to measure our return on ad spend by tracking the actions people take after viewing or engaging with our ads on Twitter.

Cookie name Duration
personalization_id 2 years
muc 2 years
ads_prefs 5 years
auth_token 5 years
dnt 5 years
guest_id 2 years
twid 5 years