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Greek Castana (Chestnut) Dressing

Restaurateur John Vergos, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous

John’s father may be known for his world-famous ribs, but his mother, Tasia Vergos, is also a wonderful cook. Her traditional Greek dishes are beloved by her family and friends. One of John’s favorite family holiday dishes is his mother’s turkey dressing. “It is made with chestnuts and ground beef — and it’s absolutely wonderful,” explains John of this traditional Greek recipe.

The iconic interiors of Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

The iconic interiors of Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous

Greek Castana Dressing

Tasia Vergos of Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous
This delicious turkey dressing is made with chestnuts and ground beef.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish, Side
Cuisine Greek
Calories 711 kcal


  • 3 sticks butter
  • 4 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped
  • ½ bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 bunch celery chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ pound chestnuts boiled, peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1 pound pecans chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Ground cinnamon to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf Vienna bread sliced and toasted
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 eggs beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 1½ -quart casserole dishes.
  • Melt 1½ sticks butter in a large pot. Add the meat and keep stirring until browned.
  • In a separate pan or large skillet, melt the remaining 1½ sticks butter. Add the onions and brown. Add the cooked onions to the meat.
  • Add the parsley, celery and broth and cook until the celery is done.
  • Add the raisins, chestnuts and pecans. Season with cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the meat is well cooked, remove from the heat and cool.
  • In a separate bowl, break up toasted bread and add milk. When it is soaked thoroughly, add to the meat mixture.
  • When mixture is completely cool, add the eggs.
  • Place the mixture into the prepared casserole dishes and bake for 1 hour.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 711kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 31gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 379mgPotassium: 787mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 186IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 5mg
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