Best Herbs and Spices for Stuffing

Posted by World of Spice 16/11/2023

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With Christmas next month, it’s time to start thinking about the festivities! Did you know that national stuffing day is on 21st November? How convenient! This week, the experts at World of Spice discuss all things stuffing and the best herbs and spices to use to make the perfect seasonal accompaniment.

A Brief History

Stuffing was traditionally made to stuff poultry and other meats before being cooked. This gave it more flavour and put a little more ‘meat on the bone’ as it were! It can also be served as a side-dish, in which case it is still called stuffing. Until the 16th century, it was also known as ‘farce’ – the French word for stuffing, coming from Latin ‘farcire’, which means to stuff!

What Is Stuffing?

Stuffing is a delicious mix of bread, binder, such as egg and fragrant herbs and spices. Other ingredients in stuffing might be meat, nuts, butter, diced vegetables and even fruit! This popular dish is served hot and is usually a focal part of a Sunday roasts or festive dinners. Alongside being stuffed into the cavity of meat, it can also be baked in a dish, or rolled into balls for a smaller serving size.

What Is Stuffing Made Of?

Stuffing can be made of many tasty and seasonal ingredients. Most stuffing includes a starch, like breadcrumbs, rolled oats or pearl barley, herbs, chopped onion and other vegetables.

Stuffing usually needs a binder to combine the ingredients together – this is usually egg. Stuffing can also include sausage meat, chopped nuts, leeks, mushrooms, chopped fruit and cider, which are all popular options. At Christmas ‘boozy’ stuffing is also favoured to accompany a Christmas dinner.

Different Stuffing Types

There are many different stuffing types, alongside many variations of traditional stuffing recipes! You can quite easily make meat-based stuffing vegetarian and vice versa. Some of the most popular combinations include:

  • Pork, sage and onion
  • Chestnut, herbs and spices
  • Garlic and herb
  • Cheese and onion
  • Apricot and pistachio
  • Chestnut, bacon and cranberry
  • Pork, herb and apple

It’s important to keep in mind what your stuffing is being served with, as specific flavours pair best with certain meats and other ingredients. For example, a joint of pork works well with apple stuffing. Sausage meat is a popular addition because it really complements sage and the fatty juices in pork help to keep poultry moist when the stuffing is cooked inside the bird!

Top 10 Stuffing Herbs and Spices

Whether you’re going onion, apple or cranberry, herbs and spices are essential to a good stuffing mix! Our top 10 seasonings to include in yours this year are:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings, herbs and spices! Our advice would be to take note of the meat you’re using to ensure the perfect pairing. 

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