Fig and speck stuffing


  • Serves 6 people

  • 125 ml (½ cup) sweet sherry
  • 200 gm dried figs, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 200 gm speck, coarsely chopped
  • 80 gm (½ cup) pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 loaf soy and linseed bread, crust removed and broken into coarse breadcrumbs
01   Bring sherry to the boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, add figs and return to the boil, then cool and set aside.
02   Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add onion, celery and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a bowl. Return pan to heat, add speck and pine nuts and cook for 5 minutes or until golden and speck is crisp, add to onion mixture with thyme and breadcrumbs, stir to combine and season.
03   Preheat oven to 180C. Spoon stuffing into a 6 cup-capacity heatproof dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes until golden and crisp on top.
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