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Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe

Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe

One Thanksgiving, I lost the recipe I planned to use, so I threw this 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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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 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 5-10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 306 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 762mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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kcheekers User ID: 5662753 257298
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6232824 124342
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3779165 179828
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6883809 194179
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7489481 195609
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

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

zilki User ID: 6349590 133809
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

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

Colleen V User ID: 1166694 186042
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Definitely will make this again."

daisy4516 User ID: 79541 186041
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I didn't make the sausage with it, one of my diners was vegetarian. Everyone raved about it and wanted me to make it my regular stuffing for Thanksgiving."

Lilpup User ID: 2565636 197514
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"This is so good!"

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