Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

This Thanksgiving stuffing is fantastic! It is very flavorful and fresh-tasting. This recipe will stuff a 10-pound turkey (which serves six) plus extra. I replaced the pork sausage with much healthier turkey sausage and substituted dried cranberries instead of chopped dried apricots for good flavor and color. For a variation of this recipe, you can always use the pork sausage and dried apricots. (Note: This stuffing may be prepared one day in advance. Keep covered and chilled in refrigerator until ready to use. DO NOT stuff the turkey in advance! This could be hazardous to your health.) Check out our Thanksgiving Menu Favorites for a great list of time tested holiday recipes. 

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Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Dressing, stuffing, thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread
  • 3 3/4 cups white bread cubes
  • 16 ounces bulk seasoned turkey sausage
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium Golden Delicious apples - peeled cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup cooked turkey giblets and meat liver, heart, gizzard and neck, picked and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup turkey stock
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C).
  • Bake the whole-wheat and white bread cubes until evenly golden brown. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl and let them cool.
  • adjust oven to 375 degrees F
  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage and chopped onions over moderate heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until fully cooked. Add the chopped celery, sage, rosemary and thyme; cook for 2 minutes while stirring.
  • Add the sausage mixture to the bread with the chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, stock and reserved liver. Toss mixture well.
  • Pour into baking pan and drizzle the melted butter over the mixture; toss stuffing well.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes and serve.

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