Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing has all the flavors that you would want for a spectacular turkey dinner. This stuffing packed so much flavor and texture.

 Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

This Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing has so much more than normal stuffing. The flavor of the nuts, italian breadcrumbs, italian sausage and the fruit truly elevate this stuffing. People will be asking for seconds and maybe even thirds.


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What We Love About This Sage Sausage Stuffing Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: It cooks in only thirty minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the refrigerator. You can prep the ingredients in advance and place in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
  • Family Friendly: Stuffing is always a favorite but with all the fruits and nuts it makes even more popular.
  • Adaptable: Can make sausage cranberry stuffing low-carb or gluten-free.
Side view of the stuffing.

Ingredient Notes for Sage Sausage Stuffing

  • Butter: Unsalted or salted butter.
  • Italian Sausage: This has all the spices and herbs already in the sausage to enhance the stuffing. Try a sweet Italian sausage.
  • Celery and Onion: Diced.
  • Fresh Thyme: Fresh herbs make such a great addition to the stuffing.
  • Poultry seasoning, This is my favorite homemade recipe. A mixture of Ground Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Nutmeg and black pepper.
  • Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced.
  • Italian bread cubes: Again all the flavor in the cubes.
  • Cranberries: Dried cranberries.
  • Pecans: chopped.
  • Turkey Stock: Make your own or buy a box variety. Chicken broth can also be used.
  • Egg: 1 large egg.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for the stuffing.

Equipment Needed for Apple Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

How to Make Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

These are the basic steps for making apple and sausage stuffing. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: SKILLET

First, in a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, making sure to break it up into fine pieces.Cook for about 5 minutes then add celery and onions; continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink.Add thyme, poultry seasoning and apples; stir to combine.Cook for an additional 5 minutes to soften apples a bit.

STEP 2: BRIEF INSTRUCTION

Meanwhile, place dried bread cubes in a large bowl.Stir in cranberries and pecans.Add sausage and apple mixture to bread cubes; stir to combine.Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper as needed.

STEP 3: BAKE

Whisk egg into turkey stock and pour over bread cubes; stir to combine. Place mixture in a buttered baking dish.Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Apple and Sausage Stuffing

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a gluten-free bread for the cranberry sausage apple stuffing. You can also use a low calorie bread for this recipe.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SAUSAGE?

Turkey sausage or vegan sausage can be used for this stuffing.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, place in more than one casserole dish and bake as needed.

IS IT SAFE TO PUT THE STUFFING INTO THE TURKEY?

You can stuff the bird, however it is important to follow these guidelines.

apple and sausage stuffing in a casserole dish.

Expert Tips for Making This Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing Recipe

  • Finish: Fresh Parsley is a great addition, smatter all over the top.
  • Toast Bread Cubes: Place on a large baking sheet in a single layer and toast for great texture.
  • Variation tip: Try using a different apple such as pink lady or snapdragon.
  • Alternate ingredient:: Feel free to add some leeks in place of the onion for a milder flavor.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The stuffing can be made in the crock pot.

What to Serve with Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

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Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing
5 from 2 votes

Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
This easy Sausage and Apple Stuffing recipe is loaded with apples, sausage, cranberries and pecans.  It quickly became my new favorite easy Thanksgiving recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning, this is my favorite homemade recipe
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups Italian bread cubes, dried
  • 1 cup cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups turkey stock
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, making sure to break it up into fine pieces.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes then add celery and onions; continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink.
  • Add thyme, poultry seasoning and apples; stir to combine.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes to soften apples a bit.
  • Meanwhile, place dried bread cubes in a large bowl.
  • Stir in cranberries and pecans.
  • Add sausage and apple mixture to bread cubes; stir to combine.
  • Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Whisk egg into turkey stock and pour over bread cubes; stir to combine.
  • Place mixture in a buttered baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Finish: Fresh Parsley is a great addition, smatter all over the top.
  • Toast Bread Cubes: Place on a large baking sheet in a single layer and toast for great texture.
  • Variation tip: Try using a different apple such as pink lady or snapdragon.
  • Alternate ingredient:: Feel free to add some leeks in place of the onion for a milder flavor.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The stuffing can be made in the crock pot.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 790kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 2144mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 7mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, Thanksgiving

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