Special Herb Dressing

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.


14-16 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
Here's a fabulously satisfying dressing with all the great tastes people crave: meat, fish herbs, earthy mushrooms, crunchy apples and water chestnuts, and a zesty burst of tart cranberries. —Trudy Williams, Shannonville, Ontario
Special Herb Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh celery leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 cups day-old bread cubes
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; crumble meat; drain. Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, apples, onion, parsley and celery leaves; cook 6-8 minutes or until mushrooms and apples are tender. Add cranberries, garlic and seasonings; cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add meat mixture; stir in broth. Spoon into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake 35-45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.