Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing


This Thanksgiving apple sausage 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 usual pork sausage with much healthier turkey sausage. Other dried fruits may also be used in place of cranberries.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 ¾ cups cubed white bread

  • 1 ½ cups cubed whole wheat bread

  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ¾ cup chopped celery

  • 2 ½ teaspoons dried sage

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • cup minced fresh parsley

  • 1 cooked turkey liver, finely chopped

  • ¾ cup turkey stock

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Spread white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until evenly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

  4. Cook sausage and onions in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and breaking up lumps, until evenly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook and stir until flavors blend, about 2 minutes.

  5. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apple, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter; mix lightly.

  6. Allow stuffing to cool completely before loosely stuffing a turkey.

    looking down at a large bowl of sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts and total time when following the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
12g Fat
22g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 548mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 268mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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