The Best Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

This Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing is so easy and SO flavorful! Savory sausage, sweet apples, tart cranberries with fresh herbs, and buttery toasted breadcrumbs. It’s seriously the best thing ever and the absolute perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!

Sausage and sage stuffing with apples and cranberries in a baking dish with a serving spoon

Made with simple ingredients but bursting with fresh flavor and textures, this Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries is festive and SO delicious! It is such a fun twist on a classic favorite! It will quickly become your go-to Thanksgiving stuffing!

This recipe is very customizable and easy to switch up! Feel free to use turkey sausage instead of regular breakfast sausage or different varieties of apples. You could even switch up the dried cranberries for another dried fruit of choice. SO many fun options here!!

This cranberry sausage stuffing recipe only takes a few minutes to prep and couldn’t be easier to put together. What is really amazing is that it can be made ahead of time! Prepare it the morning of Thanksgiving (It seriously only takes a few minutes!) And when it’s nearing the time of your holiday meal, all of you have to do is pop this baby in the oven! You may need to allow it to bake for a little extra time, since the baking dish will be a little cold coming from the fridge.

Need to make this recipe a few days or weeks ahead of time? Well you can!! You can easily freeze this recipe, and pull it out of the freezer when you need it. Store it an airtight container. Just make make sure it is freezer safe! You could also use a ziplock freezer bag and freeze it in smaller sections. You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Always a crowd pleaser, this sausage apple cranberry stuffing is sure to be one the entire family enjoys! It will become of your new Thanksgiving dinner family traditions.

Sausage apple cranberry stuffing served in a small bowl with a fork

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS SAUSAGE APPLE CRANBERRY STUFFING

  • Full of fresh savory flavor- add this to your list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes!
  • A family friendly recipe everyone will love- this seriously this will become everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipe!
  • So quick and easy to prepare- literally just takes a few minute to whip up!
  • Easy to switch up + modify the ingredients to your preferences
  • Can be prepped ahead of time! Just pull it out and bake when ready!
Ingredients for sausage apple cranberry stuffing

INGREDIENTS

  • Olive oil
  • Onion- I used a yellow onion.
  • Celery
  • Sausage- I used. lean breakfast sausage. The type of sausage you use is very versatile. Use your favorite!
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Sage– I used fresh sage.
  • Parsley– I used fresh parsley.
  • Apple- I used a yellow golden delicious apple. Granny Smith or other varieties of apples also work!
  • Cranberries- I used low sugar dried cranberries
  • Chicken stock– You could also use turkey stock here.
  • Sage and onion stuffing– I used Pepperidge Farms cubed stuffing.
  • Butter- I used unsalted butter. You can use dairy-free butter if needed.
Sausage and sage stuffing with apples and cranberries in a baking dish with a serving spoon

HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE APPLE CRANBERRY STUFFING

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. 
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. To a heavy large skillet, add onions and celery and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the ground sausage, breaking up as it browns. Cook sausage until it is completely cooked through, season with salt and pepper; stir in the fresh herbs. Then stir in the diced apples, cranberries, bread crumbs and chicken stock.
  3. Pour sausage mixture to the prepared dish. Drizzle melted butter over the stuffing and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes covered, then for another 20 uncovered until stuffing is lightly toasted and golden brown. Sprinkle with additional fresh herbs before serving.

HOW TO STORE

Store Sausage & Sage Stuffing w/ Apples & Cranberries in an airtight container or with plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

To freeze, store in an airtight freezer-safe container or in a ziplock freezer bag for up to 3 months.

SAUSAGE AND SAGE STUFFING WITH APPLE AND CRANBERRIES: FAQ

Can I use a different type of sausage other than breakfast sausage?

Yes, you can! Turkey sausage, sage sausage, or any other variety of pork sausage works here! Use your favorite!

What types of apple work well with this sausage apple cranberry stuffing recipe?

I used golden delicious, but Granny Smth or any sweet apple would also taste great! Use your favorite!

Can you you freeze this recipe?

You sure can! Store it in an airtight container that is freezer safe. You could also use a ziplock freezer bag, You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months

Sausage apple cranberry stuffing served in a small bowl with a fork

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Yield: 10 servings

The Best Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

The Best Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

This Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries is so easy and SO flavorful! Savory sausage, sweet apples, tart cranberries with fresh herbs, and buttery toasted breadcrumbs. It's seriously the best thing ever and the absolute perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (15g)
  • 1 medium onion, diced (220g)
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced (115g)
  • 1 lb. lean breakfast sausage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow (golden delicious) apple, cored and diced (175g)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sugar dried cranberries (80g)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (480g) - or turkey stock
  • 12-oz. sage and onion stuffing (340g) - about 6 cups - I used Pepperidge Farms cubed stuffing
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter (30g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the sausage, breaking up as it browns. Once sausage is cooked through, season with salt and pepper; stir in the fresh herbs. Then stir in the diced apples, cranberries, bread crumbs and chicken stock.
  3. Transfer the stuffing mixture to the prepared dish. Drizzle melted butter over the stuffing and cover tightly with foil.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes covered, then for another 20 uncovered until stuffing is lightly toasted. Sprinkle with additional fresh herbs before serving.

Notes

MFP entry: LFF Sausage Apple Cranberry Stuffing

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 heaping cup (163g)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCarbohydrates: 35.5gFiber: 6gSugar: 9.3gProtein: 16.5g

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1 Comment

  1. This was UNBELIEVABLE! So incredibly tasty. Made it for Thanksgiving lunch and everyone agreed. What a fun twist on traditional stuffing!

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