Save room in the oven and make Thanksgiving stuffing in the slow-cooker instead. Savory sage, parsley and onion combine with sweet and tangy chopped apples and cranberries for a classic seasonal side.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in apples and cranberries.

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  • Spray inside of slow cooker with no stick cooking spray. Add stock and seasonings; stir to blend. Stir in bread cubes and vegetable mixture. Cover.

  • Cook 3 hours on LOW or until desired texture.

Test Kitchen Tips:

For best results, use crisp sweet-tart red apples, such as Empire, Baldwin or Honeycrisp.

For moister stuffing, increase chicken stock to 3 cups.

For drier stuffing, allow bread cubes to air-dry overnight.

Optional Ingredients:

Cook 1/2 pound crumbled sausage with the celery and onion.

Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans when adding the apples and cranberries.

Nutrition Facts

122 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 20.2g; fat 3.8g; cholesterol 8.1mg; sodium 330mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2016
This was a hit. I got a bunch of compliments at Thanksgiving. I'm never making stuffing in the oven again. I peeled the apples not sure if that was necessary I thought it made them blend in a little better. Might try not peeling them next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2019
Everyone loved the flavor but it came out looking like slop. Wondering if buying the hard croutons versus fresh bread would help... Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2016
This was a hit. I got a bunch of compliments at Thanksgiving. I'm never making stuffing in the oven again. I peeled the apples not sure if that was necessary I thought it made them blend in a little better. Might try not peeling them next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2017
Since I can t have my mother s stuffing anymore I ve had bagged/boxed stuffing but this year I wanted something outside the box so to speak. I wanted to make something fancier so to speak. This stuffing is amazing and it s not difficult to make! The fact that it cooks in the crockpot was very helpful on Thanksgiving Day too. I bought a baguette the day before cubed the bread and toasted it under the broiler leaving it in a ziplock bag overnight as a prep step the day before. This is a point at which I should have seasoned the croutons though. The apples: To peel or not to peel? I peeled 1/2 and left 1/2. Since the cooktime is long I didn t notice any difference between the two. I ll definitely fine-tune this next time I make it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2017
I usually make a different recipe for dressing every year. My husband said this was the best yet. Extremely moist. Will definitely make this one again. The crock pot was a great choice to free up the oven. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2020
I didn t have celery or cranberries so I used carrots and raisins instead and it still turned out nicely. Also instead of day-old bread I cut up old hot dog buns into small cubes and toasted them in the oven - worked great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2017
This recipe turned out better than I expected! I decreased sage to 1.5 teaspoons and added 1/4 cup more stock. I did spray slow cooker with no-stick cooking spray but it stuck to bottom of pot anyway. The prep time takes more than 20 minutes. Will try this recipe again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2018
It tasted very good but texture was very mushy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2018
I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hugh success!! Different and delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
Very popular with the family and very tasty. I added a small amount of red wine also. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2016
This had really good flavor and was easy to prepare. I think it would have been better if it could have been put in the oven for the last bit of cooking to crisp it up but I would definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/29/2019
Everyone loved the flavor but it came out looking like slop. Wondering if buying the hard croutons versus fresh bread would help... Read More
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