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Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.


12 servings

One Thanksgiving, I lost the recipe I planned to use, so I threw this cranberry stuffing together. My cousin Sandy, a die-hard traditional stuffing fan, said this was the best stuffing she’d ever tasted! Talk about a compliment! —Beverly Norris, Evanston, Wyoming
Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash salt
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Add butter; cook and stir until butter is melted. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in stuffing cubes, apples, cranberries, almonds, sage, thyme, pepper, salt and enough cider to reach desired moistness. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  3. Cover and bake 25 minutes. Uncover; bake until lightly browned, 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 338 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 809mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Foxycook
    Aug 25, 2019

    From the start I was hesitant about using the apple juice as the liquid for the stuffing. I loved the addition of the apples and cranberries and the substitution of the Italian sausage for my usual sage sausage. However, I just couldn't get past the apple juice flavor. It seemed to leave an after taste. This T.G. I will make it again omitting the juice and use chicken broth as I always have. All of us really liked the change from sage sausage to Italian.

  • audra13
    Nov 26, 2017

    Awesome recipe! Everyone raves about it when we make it. We've even made it with Gluten Free stuffing cubes and it's till delicious!

  • kcheekers
    Nov 26, 2016

    I thought this was very good, but my husband thought it was just ok. Admittedly, we used apple-chicken sausage instead of pork sausage since we had Thanksgiving guests who don't eat pork. While I was eating it, I kept thinking that bacon would have been a good addition to the stuffing, so it's probably better with real pork sausage. I also used pecans instead of almonds, since I don't like almonds. I did really love the addition of the pecans.

  • cf05991
    Nov 29, 2014

    " I made this for our huge Thanksgiving get together. The only thing I would have done differently was make 2 pans instead of one!! My family loved it and I will now make it a tradition.

  • irmabrock
    Nov 12, 2014

    I have been making this recipe for the last 10 years and everyone keeps asking for it over and over!

  • Donut Queen
    Oct 14, 2014

    I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner (along with Classic Turkey Gravy from this site) and it was a big hit! I substituted chicken sausage for Italian and walnuts for the almonds, and used homemade seasoned bread cubes. No doubt this recipe will be making an appearance again next year.

  • Webbjules
    Nov 29, 2013

    This was very good. Could be a meal by itself.

  • lottieda
    Oct 24, 2012

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  • amk4985
    Jun 21, 2012

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  • zilki
    Dec 29, 2011

    Different, but so good! Everyone loved it and I will make it again for sure!