Cranberry-Apple Corn Bread Stuffing


This sweet and savory corn bread stuffing will be the first side dish to disappear from the Thanksgiving table. Studded with apples and cranberries, this stuffing recipe is the perfect addition to any holiday meal.

Cranberry-Apple Corn Bread Stuffing
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
1 day
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs 35 mins


  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 ½ cup chopped celery with leaves (3 stalks)

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 large)

  • 6 cup crumbled corn bread or 6 cups corn bread stuffing mix (two 8-ounce packages)

  • 6 cup dry white or wheat bread cubes

  • 2 cup chopped unpeeled Granny Smith apples (3 medium)

  • 1 cup dried cranberries, dried cherries, or raisins

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ¾ - 2 cup chicken broth (if using stuffing mix, use 3 to 3 1/4 cups broth)

  • ¼ cup chicken broth (optional)


  1. In a large Dutch oven melt butter over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir corn bread, bread cubes, apples, cranberries, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper into onion mixture. Drizzle with enough of the 1 3/4 to 2 cups broth to moisten, tossing lightly to combine. Spoon stuffing into a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. (To serve today, omit Step 3 and continue as directed in Step 4, except bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Uncover. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until hot in center [165°F].)

  3. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; chill for up to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. If chilled, remove plastic wrap. If desired, drizzle stuffing with an additional 1/4 cup chicken broth to moisten. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until hot in center (165°F).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

293 Calories
14g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 293
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 648mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1.6mg 9%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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