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Chestnut & Herb Stuffing Balls

Chestnut & Herb Stuffing Balls

Full of herby flavour, these tasty stuffing balls are so simple to make, but play a key supporting role in any plant-based roast dinner.

Recipe by @the_bare_scientist

  • Serves 8

  • 35 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Whole Chestnuts


  • 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 4 tbsp water
  • Approx 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 7-8 large sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 180g pouch of Merchant Gourmet chestnuts
  • 50g dry oats blended or breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp each of sea salt, black pepper and ground red chilli


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Mix ground flax with water, and leave to one side to thicken
  3. Add 1 tsp oil to a heated skillet, followed by adding the onion, frying off for 2 minutes, then adding the garlic and frying for a further minute or so and adding the whole bay leaf, chopped herbs and cooking for a minute or so to release aromas
  4. Remove the mix from the heat and leave to one side to cool, also discarding the bay leaf
  5. Finely chop Merchant Gourmet whole chestnuts and add to a mixing bowl with blended oats or breadcrumbs.
  6. Add the cooled mixture into the mixing bowl and season to taste
  7. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, form the mixture into balls and fry lightly for a minute or two in a heated and oiled skillet
  8. Place the stuffing balls onto a baking tray and into a oven to finish cooking for 15 – 20 minutes until golden and fragrant


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