This keto stuffing recipe is packed with flavor. It is the perfect low carb side dish for your Christmas turkey or Thanksgiving dinner.
In my opinion, stuffing is one of the most delicious parts of a turkey dinner. So much more exciting that the bird itself!
We used to make traditional bread stuffing, but when we started eating a low carb diet, I had to find a suitable substitution.
This keto stuffing recipe with cauliflower and sausage has all the festive flavours that make it taste just like the real deal: herbs such as sage, thyme and rosemary plus onion and garlic, nuts and chestnuts.
In fact, it tastes so good that I regularly make it as a main meal!
My stuffing is quick and simple to make and can prepare it a day ahead. This way, there's less to think about on the day you're cooking the big turkey!
Here are all our ingredients:
- Cauliflower. This needs to be fresh and chopped into small florets. Don't leave them too large or they won't go soft enough.
- Onion and celery. Must also be chopped finely.
- Sausage. I recommend Italian or Toulouse pork sausages.
- Garlic. Fresh always tastes best, although you can use frozen or garlic puree.
- Pistachios and chestnuts. Go for 100% vacuum packed chestnuts. The brand I used is Merchant Gourmet. They give a wonderful festive flavour.
- Herbs. Using dried herbs is an option, however fresh herbs will make all the difference
- Olive oil. This can be substituted with butter.
- Salt & pepper. I used coarse sea salt.
This section contains step-by-step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
The most work intense part of the dish is to chop all the vegetables. Once that is done, the keto stuffing is very easy. Here are the basic steps:
Step 1: Toss the vegetables in olive oil, spread in a single layer and roast.
Step 2: Add the herbs, pistachios and chestnuts. Stir to combine and continue to roast.
Step 3: While the vegetables are cooking, fry the sausage meat until cooked through and browned.
Step 4: Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish. Return to the oven and cook a little more until everything is golden brown.
Of course, the traditional way of serving this keto stuffing is alongside a turkey.
However, as mentioned in the beginning, it also shines as a standalone meal. If you wanted to add additional protein, add a fried egg on top!
Vegetarian: Simply omit the sausage and replace it with chopped portobello mushrooms.
Keto bread stuffing: Again, leave out the sausage. During the last part of cooking, add my Low Carb Keto Croutons or any chopped low carb bread.
Chestnuts are high in carbs and on their own are not considered keto friendly. However, the total amount of chestnuts in this recipe is low which means this recipe is keto friendly. Don't leave them out - they take this stuffing to the next level.
Traditionally, you roast your stuffing INSIDE the turkey. This does not work with cauliflower stuffing because it would become WAY too soft and soggy.
To make this dish on the stove, first fry the onions over a low heat, then add the garlic and celery. Remove from the pan and add the sausage. Fry it until browned. Then add all the ingredients together into the pan and cook until done.
It should be possible, but I have not tried it yet. Fresh cauliflower always tastes better as frozen tends to be watery.
In the refrigerator: Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
In the freezer: You can freeze keto stuffing for up to 3 months.
To reheat: Reheat in the microwave or in a preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
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Keto Stuffing Recipefrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- 1 medium head cauliflower florets only, chopped small (500g)
- 1 onion finely diced (40g)
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 sticks celery finely diced (150g)
- 3 tablespoon olive oil or ghee/butter, melted
- ½ - 1 teaspoon salt or to taste (depends on the quality of your sausages)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 cooked vacuum packed chestnuts chopped (35g)
- 1 tablespoon rosemary chopped (3g)
- 1.5 teaspoon fresh sage chopped (1.5g)
- 1 teaspoon thyme chopped (0.5g)
- ¼ cup shelled pistachios chopped (35g)
- 400 g / 0.88 pounds sausages
- Preheat oven to 220C / 200 fan. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Mix the cauliflower florets, onion, celery, and garlic. Toss with 2 tablespoon the olive oil, ghee or butter and seasoning.
- Spread in a single later and roast for 15 minutes. Add the herbs, pistachios and chestnuts. Stir to combine and roast for a further 15 minutes until the cauliflower is browned and the onion caramelized.
- Meanwhile add the remaining oil, ghee or butter to a pan. You may choose to omit this and dry fry depending on how fatty your sausages are. Remove the sausage meat from the skin using a sharp knife to slice the skin. Crumble the sausage meat into a non stick frying pan and break with a wooden spatula. Cook for approximately 7 minutes on a medium heat until it is browned.
- Combine all ingredients in a large roasting pan and cook in the oven for about a further 10 minutes, or until the sausage is slightly crisp on top. Option to scatter with fresh thyme to serve.