This "stuffing" is inspired by a Julia Child recipe for stuffing a goose. However, it works very well with turkey. The traditional bread/grain component is replaced by chestnuts, which add a mild nutty flavor to the otherwise hearty dish.
The primary goal was to create a gluten-free, coeliac-friendly recipe. The result was so good that this recipe has earned a permanent place on our holiday menu pick-list!
Ideas: 1) make only the Chestnut Purée, substituting a hearty vegetable stock for the beef stock, and serve as a vegetarian side dish. 2) Or, use this stuffing in place of traditional meat/bread-crumb mixture in stuffed peppers. 3) Better yet, scoop out summer squash into boats, incorporate some of the squash in the stuffing, bake with shredded cheese.
Notes: preparing chestnuts is labor intensive. Plan accordingly. I found that the small (acorn size) otherwise inferior looking chestnuts peel much easier than the beautiful large (almost shallot size) chestnuts. YMMV.