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Turkey Apple Stuffing

Complementing your golden bird, the well-seasoned bread stuffing is sparked by a festive sweetness from apples and raisins. It's a staple on our holiday menu. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 9 cups day-old cubed whole wheat bread
  • 3 cups finely chopped apples
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • Additional butter, melted


  • In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the bread cubes, apples, raisins, salt, thyme, sage and pepper.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with 4 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  • Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until browned. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
Editor’s Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 839 calories, 41g fat (16g saturated fat), 317mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 88g protein.

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  • slmacbeth
    Nov 24, 2017

    I thought the stuffing was a bit dry. Even reading the recipe, I wondered that that was relatively little butter compared to the amount of bread, and no chicken broth at all. Decent flavor, but a little too dry.

  • marniehook
    Dec 13, 2015

    Great stuffing recipe. Made it exactly the way it is written and it came out tasting like more!!

    Dec 23, 2009

    Haven't made yet, but sounds delicious. One instuction I think shouild be added is to let the stuffing cool before placing in turkey cavity.

  • carrotop_f
    Dec 23, 2009

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  • tkarinas
    Dec 23, 2009

    Apple stuffing tastes so much better than normal stuffing that my family wants it as often as they can have it. Since my son is an awesome cook, he tends to take over and cook Christmas dinner and this stuffing is one he makes every year.

  • testASND1
    May 22, 2008

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  • rogueprincess
    Dec 7, 2007

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