Recipe by Chanie Apfelbaum

Smoked Turkey Chestnut Challah Stuffing

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Meat Meat
Medium Medium
10 Servings
1 Hour, 25 Minutes

No Diets specified

Cooking stuffing inside the cavity of a turkey has long been frowned upon in the culinary world. The idea of the stuffing soaking up all the bacteria-laden juices does not sit well with many. I love the idea of turning the stuffing inside out and putting smoked turkey inside of it! It adds a delicious smoky flavor and is practically a whole meal-in-one.


Smoked Turkey Chestnut Challah Stuffing

  • 1 smoked turkey drumstick, skinned, deboned, and chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 3 cups turkey or chicken stock

  • 2 eggs, beaten


Make the Stuffing


Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Spread out the challah on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.


Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot and add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Sauté until soft and deeply caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the chestnuts, turkey, sage, thyme, and stock and bring to a boil. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt (if needed), and pepper.


Place the challah into a large mixing bowl and pour the stock and vegetables over it. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated. Cool the mixture for a few minutes and then mix in the eggs. Pour the stuffing into a greased 9×13-inch (20×30-cm) baking pan and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 30–45 minutes, until stuffing is golden brown.

Smoked Turkey Chestnut Challah Stuffing

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4 years ago

Great for leftover Turkey Made this, minus the chestnuts, and my family LOVED it! It was a great way to use left over turkey AND challah. 2 in 1. We really liked it. I made it in a 9×13 and no nuts, so it came out a lot lighter in color and we cut in in squares when serving. Delish!