American filling made from figs and pancetta

This delicious Fig & Pancetta American Stuffing recipe is a delicious combination of sweet figs, salty pancetta, and savory spices. The crispy crust and tender interior make it the ultimate side dish for any festive occasion. This dish is full of flavors and is perfect for non-Muslims looking for a tasty filling. Serve it alongside your favorite roast for an unforgettable dining experience.


  • 75g butter, plus a little butter for greasing
  • 150g diced pancetta
  • 150g Italian sausages, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 150g ciabatta or sourdough bread, cut into small cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml chicken broth
  • 150g dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped parsley
  • 100g cooked whole chestnuts, roughly chopped

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and grease a large baking tray.
  2. Fry the pancetta in a large, dry frying pan until crisp and golden brown, then transfer to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.
  3. In the same pan, fry the sausages until lightly browned, then add them to the bowl with the pancetta.
  4. Melt all the butter in the same skillet and sauté the onion, celery, rosemary, and garlic until very soft, about 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, place the bread cubes on a baking tray and toast in the oven until golden brown. Let cool and then chop half of the cubes in a food processor.
  6. Whisk the eggs into the chicken broth.
  7. Add the figs, parsley and chestnuts to the pan with the onion mixture. Stir for a few minutes and then add to the bowl with the pancetta and sausage.
  8. Add all the bread and a really generous pinch of spices. Mix all the ingredients gently with your hands and then add the egg and broth mixture.
  9. Divide the mixture into 16 balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake covered with some greased foil for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  11. As soon as you take the filling out of the oven, season again and serve.

Nutritional Information

341 21g 9g 24g 11g 3g 12g 1.3g

Equipment and tools

  • Butter for greasing
  • frying pan
  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • grater
  • baking pan

Allergen information

This American Fig and Pancetta Stuffing recipe may contain the following allergens:

  • butter
  • bacon
  • Italian sausages
  • Eggs
  • chicken broth
  • Bread (ciabatta or sourdough)
  • Figs
  • Chestnuts

Please consider these ingredients if you have allergies or dietary restrictions.

Storage and leftovers

This filling can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a covered dish in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Leftovers can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow the filling to cool completely before freezing and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Health Benefits of American Fig and Pancetta Stuffing

The Fig & Pancetta American Stuffing is a delicious and aromatic dish that combines the natural sweetness of figs with the savory flavors of pancetta, Italian sausage and aromatic herbs. Not only is this recipe a crowd-pleaser during the holidays, but it also offers several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritious ingredients that make this stuffing a healthy addition to your holiday menu:

1. Dried figs

These delicious dried fruits are rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain regular bowel movements. Figs are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium. In addition, they contain antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

2. Pancetta

Pancetta, an Italian-style bacon, gives this filling a special flavor. Although pancetta is high in fat, it can be enjoyed in moderation. It is a rich source of protein as well as important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

3. Italian sausages

The Italian sausages used in this recipe are typically made from lean cuts of meat such as pork, beef, or poultry. They provide a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissue in the body. Italian sausages also contain essential amino acids that support muscle growth and maintenance.

4. Diced onions and celery

Onions and celery are a great combination to add flavor and texture to the filling. Onions are rich in antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation, while celery is low in calories and a good source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin K and potassium.

5. Fresh herbs

Adding chopped rosemary and parsley not only improves the taste but also brings some health benefits. Rosemary is known for its antioxidant properties and can improve digestion. Parsley is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K and can support bone health and boost the immune system.

6. Whole chestnuts

These nutrient-rich nuts provide a good amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Chestnuts contain less fat and calories compared to other nuts and are a good source of potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. Since they are also gluten-free, this filling is also suitable for people with gluten intolerance.

Overall, American Fig Pancetta Stuffing is a flavorful and nutritious addition to your feast. With a balanced ratio of proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals, this filling dish can be enjoyed with a clear conscience, knowing that it offers a mix of taste and health benefits.

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