Crispy sheet cake filling

If your favorite part of the filling is the crunchy bits, you’ll love this recipe. It can be made up to two days in advance and then baked the same day. This delicious sheet cake filling features a delightful combination of flavors and textures. With a crispy golden crust, each bite is filled with a delicious blend of fragrant herbs, perfectly seasoned sausage and tender bread. Whether you serve it as a side dish to a holiday feast or as a hearty meal, this crispy sheet cake filling is sure to impress. Prepare in advance for a stress-free cooking experience!


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 x 400g packs of skinless Cumberland sausages
  • small package of sage leaves, chopped, reserving a few whole leaves for serving
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 100g cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped

Preparation steps

  1. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the onions until softened, 10 minutes.
  2. Add the apple, cook for another 2-3 minutes and then set aside.
  3. Place the sausage meat in a large bowl and mix it with the onion-apple mixture, all other ingredients and some spices.
  4. Mix everything really well with your hands.
  5. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before baking.
  6. While the turkey crown is resting, spread the stuffing into a large, shallow roasting pan and cook in the oven along with the turkey legs for 30-35 minutes until a crust has formed on the top.
  7. Serve immediately with the reserved sage leaves sprinkled on top.

Nutritional Information

343 23g 9g 21g 5g 3g 11g 1.1g

Equipment and tools

To prepare the crispy sheet cake filling, you need the following equipment and tools:

  • A large frying pan
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A peeler
  • A traybake dish
  • An oven
  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon or spatula

Allergen information

This crispy sheet cake filling recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Dairy products: butter
  • Wheat: breadcrumbs
  • Nuts: chestnuts

Please be sure to check the packaging of the ingredients you use to ensure they are suitable for your dietary needs.

Storage and leftovers

If there are any leftovers of the crispy sheet cake filling, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the filling in an ovenproof dish and warm in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for about 15 minutes or until heated through.

This filling is also suitable for freezing. Allow to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. Label it with the date and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Leave the filling in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and reheat, then follow the reheating instructions above.

The health benefits of crispy sheet cake filling

When it comes to holiday dishes, stuffing is a popular side dish that adds incredible flavor and texture to any roasted meat or vegetable. While traditional stuffing recipes may not always be the healthiest, our crispy Traybake stuffing offers a delicious alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste. Additionally, it brings with it several health benefits that make it a carefree addition to your festive table.

1. Balanced diet

Our crispy traybake filling is packed with a variety of nutritious ingredients. Onions, for example, are low in calories and high in antioxidants that promote a healthy immune system. The Bramley apple provides a good dose of fiber, vitamins and minerals, contributing to improved digestion and overall well-being. In addition, sage leaves not only impart a unique taste, but also possess anti-inflammatory properties and are an excellent source of vitamin K.

2. High quality protein

The Cumberland sausages used in our recipe are a significant source of protein. Protein is important for building and repairing tissue, supporting the immune system and promoting healthy hair, skin and nails. Removing the sausage casing also reduces the saturated fat content, making this filling option suitable for people who want to eat healthier without sacrificing taste.

3. Nutrient-rich fiber

Breadcrumbs and cooked chestnuts in our filling recipe provide a pleasant crunch in addition to valuable fiber. This fiber supports digestion, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and promotes satiety, which can help maintain a healthy weight. Chestnuts also provide important minerals such as potassium and magnesium, which are vital for proper nerve and muscle function.

4. Reduced fat content

By using just 2 tablespoons of butter in our Crispy Traybake filling, we have managed to reduce the overall fat content while still maintaining a delicious taste. This can be particularly beneficial for people who are watching their fat intake or want to control their weight. The moderate use of butter ensures a moist, perfectly baked filling without compromising on taste or texture.

So, this holiday season, treat your taste buds to our delicious crispy Traybake filling while enjoying its numerous health benefits. It’s a win-win situation where taste and nutrition come together on your plate. Enjoy every bite guilt-free!

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