Sausage Stuffing with Apples, Cranberries, and Herbs

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Sage sausage, dried cranberries, fresh herbs, tart apples, and cubes of sourdough add up to create the best stuffing I have ever tasted.

For as long as I can remember, I steered clear of stuffing and dressing. People would tell me that it tasted amazing, I’d take the “polite bite” but it never was something I enjoyed. Stuffing was always the one thing on the Thanksgiving table that I avoided at all costs.

So, when I tell you this is fantastic stuffing? You should probably trust me on that.

Sausage stuffing recipe with herbs, apples, and cranberries

A few years ago, I decided to try stuffing once again and I started looking around for something different.

I found the original recipe for this stuffing on Allrecipes. Could 1,628 5 star reviews be wrong?! No, they were not.

Sourdough stuffing with apples, cranberries, sausage, and herbs

I’ve adapted the original recipe a bit over the years, according to our tastes, and it has become a friends and family favorite.

Filled with sweetly tart apples, chewy sweet cranberries, rich savory sausage, plenty of herbs, and perfect cubes of toasted sourdough. This is truly awesome stuffing.

How To Make Sausage Stuffing

One or two days before baking the stuffing: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread the bread cubes across a large baking sheet.

Toast the bread for 10-15 minutes or until crispy on the outside. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing in a bowl or container with a loose cover.

Let the bread dry out for a day or so before making the rest of the stuffing. The bread cubes will seem rock hard when it is finally time to make the stuffing, but they will cook up perfectly soft and stay separate within the stuffing.

Sausage and Herb Stuffing

When ready to make the stuffing (either the day before or the day you want to bake it): In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the sausage and onion.

Crumble the sausage as it cooks until it is browned. Add the celery, rosemary, sage and thyme; continue to cook and stir to combine for a couple minutes or until the mixture is fragrant.

Pour the sausage mixture over the bread in the bowl.

Add the apples, cranberries, and parsley to the stuffing mix

Add the apples, dried cranberries and parsley. Toss to combine. (If you are preparing this the day before, skip to the directions below.)

Drizzle with the turkey (or chicken) stock and melted butter and mix gently.

Sourdough stuffing with sausage, apples, cranberries, and herbs

Transfer the stuffing mixture to a 9×13 pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Uncover the stuffing, stir and bake another 10-15 minutes to toast the top.

Sourdough sausage stuffing with apples, cranberries, and herbs

Make Ahead Stuffing Recipe

If you are preparing this in advance, reserve all the liquids in a separate container.

Place the stuffing mixture in the refrigerator along with the separate liquids.

Bring the stuffing mixture to room temperature, drizzle with the turkey stock and butter and then toss to combine. Place in a 9×13 dish and bake as directed above.

Sourdough stuffing with apples, cranberries, sausage, and herbs

Favorite Holiday Side Dishes

Homemade Green Bean Casserole is about to change your holiday side dish game. I’m a great big fan of any dish that can be prepared ahead of time for holiday meals and this recipe delivers awesome results when prepped in advance.

Without any added sugar at all, these Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes are the best sweet potato dish I have ever tasted. The vanilla adds an unforgettable note to the dish and the potatoes are the lightest and creamiest imaginable.

Corn Pudding is beloved throughout my family. I grew up eating my mom’s corn pudding for every holiday and plenty of Sunday dinners in between.

My siblings and I have been known to sneak the leftover corn casserole out of my mom’s house and I’ll even admit to “accidentally” bringing home my sister’s share of the leftovers (along with mine) once upon a time.

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Sourdough stuffing with apples, cranberries, sausage, and herbs

Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

5 from 4 votes
Filled with sweetly tart apples, chewy sweet cranberries, rich savory sausage, plenty of herbs, and perfect cubes of toasted sourdough. This is truly awesome stuffing.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups sourdough bread, cut into 3/4" cubes
  • 1 pound ground sage sausage (regular sausage is fine if you can't find sage)
  • 1 cup chopped onion, about 1 small onion
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery, about 2 medium stalks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh sage or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped small
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 3/4 cup turkey or chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted 

Instructions

One or two days before baking the stuffing:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread the bread cubes across a large baking sheet. Toast the bread for 10-15 minutes or until crispy on the outside.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing in a bowl or container with a loose cover. Let the bread dry out for a day or so before making the rest of the stuffing. The bread cubes should feel almost rock hard when it is finally time to make the stuffing.

When ready to make the stuffing:

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the onions and the sausage. Crumble the sausage as it cooks until it is browned.
  • Add the celery, rosemary, sage and thyme; continue to cook and stir to combine for a couple minutes or until the mixture is fragrant. Pour the sausage mixture over the bread in the bowl. Add the apples, dried cranberries and parsley. Toss to combine.
  • Drizzle with the turkey stock and melted butter and mix gently. Pour the stuffing mixture into a 9×13 pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover the stuffing, stir and bake another 10-15 minutes to toast the top.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD DIRECTIONS: If you are preparing this in advance, reserve all the liquids in a separate container. Place the stuffing mixture in the refrigerator along with the separate liquids. Bring the stuffing mixture to room temperature, drizzle with the turkey stock and butter and then toss to combine. Place in a 9×13 dish and bake as directed above.

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal · Carbohydrates: 20g · Protein: 9g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Cholesterol: 45mg · Sodium: 416mg · Potassium: 168mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 8g · Vitamin A: 352IU · Vitamin C: 4mg · Calcium: 17mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 11/21/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 10/21/20}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anonymous says

    This has been our favorite stuffing for two years now. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I just printed it again to use in a couple weeks. This really is the best stuffing ever!
    ~ Christina5 stars

  2. Anonymous says

    I've been making this recipe since 2001. I cut it out of my local paper that year, it's originally from The Best American Recipes. It's hands down the best stuffing recipe ever. Easily doubled for large crowds with the same results.
    5 stars

  3. Sharon says

    This looks delicious and I’m very anxious to try it. Would fresh cranberries work instead of the dried cranberries?

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