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Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Oh, stuffing. You are, by far, my most favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

I think if you handed me a bowl of stuffing and that was it, I would probably be satisfied. If you looked at my Thanksgiving plate, you would probably notice that like half of it is consumed with stuffing. It’s kind of embarrassing really.

Apple Cranberry Stuffing

And my stuffing MUST include apples. It just has to. This is non-negotiable. Both my mom and dad have always made stuffing with apples so for me it, it’s just the way it has to be! And this time, it also includes another Thanksgiving favorite of mine, cranberries! I always pile fresh cranberry sauce all over my stuffing anyway, so it makes sense to just add it directly to my stuffing from the start! While my favorite stuffing recipe contains a lot of butter and eggs, this version does not and is a much lighter alternative to other stuffing recipes. If you want your stuffing to stick together more, you could always add in a few eggs if you wanted to, but either way, it’s a very flavorful stuffing and I didn’t miss the more fattening ingredients, especially with the tangy cranberries!

Apple Cranberry Stuffing

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Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 4 cups white bread, cubed
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbs. butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread cubed bread out on a baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted. Scoop the toasted bread into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onion for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add in the sage and thyme and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. In the bowl with the cubed bread, add the onion mixture, diced apples and cranberries. Mix well. Pour in the chicken broth and mix until the bread is moistened. Add in salt to taste.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish. Chop the butter into small cubes and distribute evenly over the stuffing. Cover with foil.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes.

Apple Cranberry Stuffing

   

16 Responses to “Apple Cranberry Stuffing”

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    Ramona — November 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I never thought to put cranberries in my stuffing. I just do the separate cranberry sauce and stuffing. Hmmmm … combining the two would save room on my plate so I can eat more. :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Gorgeous stuffing!! My favorite thing to eat this time of year is stuffing! I am so with you about adding apples to stuffing! It’s a must go together food!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

    What a gorgeous stuffing recipe!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — November 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    For the longest time I wouldn’t try stuffing, not even get close to the stuff. Now it is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. I have never had any with fruit but this looks delicious.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

    stephanie, this stuffing and your broccoli gratin are making my morning. Amazing additions to any thanksgiving day spread! i know your day will be full of incredible dishes like this. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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    Rachael — November 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    What a different take on stuffing! I love the incorporation of savory with traditionally sweet elements. I’ll have to add this to the cookbook for Thanksgiving!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — November 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This looks like stuffing perfection – very similar to the one I make except we always add sausage, but I would personally much prefer your version!

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    Choc Chip Uru — November 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    This thanksgiving stuffing has been a favourite so far :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    oh my god this looks SO good!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    stuffing is by far my favorite favorite dish on thanksgiving and i seriously cannot wait to have it this year hahaha, this looks amazing – i love the apple and cranberries! great choice on that!

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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — November 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Stuffing lovers unite!!

    Stuffing is by far the best dish at the Thanksgiving table (I usually make sure it pops up for Christmas too :)) I like that you threw in apples and cranberries, such a wonderful twist!

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    Liz — November 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    YUM!!! I LOVE stuffing…in every way, shape and form! And apples and cranberries are such delicious additions. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!!

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    Kim Bee — November 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Stephanie I absolutely love this. I mean adore. Putting cranberry and apple in it is genius. I bet this tastes amazing.

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    Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com — November 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Stuffing is always a source of some thanksgiving friction around our house. There’s Adam’s mother’s sausage and chestnut stuffing, Cheryl’s Mom’s cornbread stuffing, and the wild-rice, pecan and sausage stuffing we prepare when there’s no family competition in the works. Your stuffing is a wonderful departure from all of the above and, as representing a neutral party, may be the ticket for this year’s turkey-day flavor extravaganza. In any event we’ll follow our advice this year – eat drink and love! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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