Dried Fruit Stuffing

A sweeter take on the traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ½ (1 pound) loaves day-old whole wheat bread

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 medium onions, diced

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • ½ cup pitted prunes, coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 serving cooking spray

  • 2 ¾ cups chicken broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Slice bread and discard ends. Arrange bread slices on the rack of the preheated oven.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until very dry, about 15 minutes.

  4. While the bread is baking, melt butter in a heavy, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove bread from the oven and crumble into coarse pieces in a large bowl. Add cherries, raisins, currants, and prunes; toss to combine. Mix in sauteed onions and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in eggs.

  6. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Coat a 12x16-inch piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray.

  7. Stir chicken broth into stuffing mixture and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with the aluminum foil, sprayed-side down.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake until top is golden, about 20 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

To make part of this ahead, follow directions through step 5, but don't mix in the eggs. Cover and chill for up to 1 day. When ready to proceed, start with adding eggs and following the remaining directions.

This stuffing can be baked in the turkey cavity, as well--just reduce stock to 3/4 cup.

Use 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme if you don't have fresh.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
5g Fat
55g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 565mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 539mg 11%

* 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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