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Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

While I love stuffing, my family wasn't that fond of it—that is, until I found this recipe. I added a few touches of my own and now they gobble it up. Cranberries and pork really make it something special. —Robin Lang, Muskegon, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    13 servings


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 6 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 to 1 cup chicken broth


  • In a small saucepan, bring orange juice and cranberries to a boil. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • In the same skillet, melt butter. Add celery and onion; saute until tender. Stir in poultry seasoning.
  • Add to sausage mixture. Stir in the stuffing cubes, orange juice mixture, apple, pecans, salt, pepper and enough broth to reach desired moistness.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes longer.
Note: This recipe makes enough to stuff a 14-pound turkey. If you are cooking it inside the bird, bake until a meat thermometer reads at least 170° for turkey and 165° for stuffing.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 219 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 532mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • KHippie
    Nov 18, 2017

    This is loved by my family. It’s a must at Thanksgiving, I will say I make cornbread and cube it for this dish and I use sweet Italian sausage. Delish!!!

  • nrpajk
    Nov 27, 2013

    I have been making this stuffing for the last 4 years and the family loves it. Moist, great flavor.

  • Carolittle
    Feb 8, 2011

    Fixed a roast pork, butternut squash and this stuffing. Invited friends and everyone went nuts over it. Even my fussy eater loved this recipe. Thank you.

  • bkolva21
    Dec 30, 2010

    We liked this stuffing. I adjusted the seasonings slightly to suit our taste. Another Taste of Home recipe suggested cooking in a crock pot, 3-4 hours on low. That works well for this recipe, too. My second batch is cooking right now!

  • reportertanya
    Dec 19, 2010

    Our family isn't a big fan of stuffing either, but this recipe rocks! The cranberries, pecans, sausage and apples combined to give the stuffing a little extra zip. If you're looking for comfort food, this stuffing is it.

  • arsschultz
    Nov 29, 2010

    I didn't add the pecans because myself nor my family like nuts but even so, no one liked this stuffing, other than my one year old but she'll eat anything. My husband wouldn't even take a second bite, he is just not fond of sweet stuffing and prefers the savory instead. I will NOT be making this again and am still on the look out for a stuffing recipe that will wow everyone.

  • AnnMomof4
    Nov 24, 2010

    So flavorful and delicious! It is worth the time to make it!

  • JerilynnF
    Nov 24, 2010

    I am not a stuffing person. I made this for my husbands family birthday party and it was the topic of conversation. So much so, that I even tried it and liked it. Have been asked to make it for our Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you.

  • lurky27
    Nov 23, 2010

    So good! We didn't have poultry seasoning, so used 1/2 tsp rosemary & 1/2 tsp marjoram.~ Theresa

  • wmblazer
    Nov 19, 2010

    This was very very good. Love it