Lemon & herb stuffing

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Add a citrus zing to your Christmas turkey this year with this zesty, fresh stuffing

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:50 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 142
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 13g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.67g


  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 5 onions, finely chopped
  • 300g white bread, in chunks
  • 25g pack curly parsley
  • 15g pack sage, leaves only
  • zest 3 lemons, juice of 1
  • 8 cocktail sausages
  • 4 smoked, dry-cured streaky bacon rashers, halved across the middle


Prepare ahead
Stuffing can be made up to 48 hrs ahead and chilled immediately. Remove from the fridge just before cooking. Alternatively, freeze for up to a month – defrost completely in the fridge before cooking. Once cooked, it will keep in a low oven, or can be reheated, covered with foil for 20 mins, while the turkey is resting.


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onions for 10 mins with the pan covered. Put the bread and herbs into a food processor and pulse until you have herby breadcrumbs. Stir into the onion pan along with the lemon zest and juice and plenty of seasoning. Set aside 250g to stuff the turkey, then press the remainder into a well buttered baking tin or dish, about 20 x 30cm, or use 2 smaller tins if that’s all that you have.

  2. Wrap half a bacon rasher around each sausage. Score the stuffing into 8 rectangles, then sit a sausage on top of each. Cover with foil and cook for 20 mins. Uncover, then roast for 20 mins more or until the sausages and bacon are golden and the stuffing golden and sizzling.

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