Make-ahead stuffing

The secret to really delicious stuffing is a generous amount of butter. This Christmas stuffing can be baked straight away or prepared the day before and kept in the fridge until needed.


  • 90g/3¼oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g/7oz white baguette
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 180g/6oz chestnuts, cooked, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 red apple, cored, quartered, and finely sliced, keeping the skin on
  • 1½ tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 10 sage leaves, finely sliced
  • 15g/½ oz fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 50g/1¾oz dried cranberries
  • 2 free-range organic eggs
  • 300ml/10fl oz cold, light chicken, turkey or vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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