Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing made with rosemary bread cubes is a delicious holiday side dish and perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner menu.
If you’re looking for a new recipe for stuffing, you need to try this easy cranberry apple sausage stuffing. It’s loaded with savory rosemary bread cubes, seasoned sausage, tart apples and dried cranberries, and it’s absolutely packed with flavor. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
By the way, I want to know just how in the heck are the holidays almost here?! Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, Christmas is around the corner, and I am so not ready! Of course, it’s still in the 80’s here in the Valley of the Sun, which isn’t helping at all with the holiday spirit. Ugh!
Anyway, rant over — back to the recipe. I made this stuffing for the first time last year, and let me tell you, friends, it was such a hit at Thanksgiving, that we decided to make the same recipe this year. Even my picky, stuffing-hating kids had no complaints.
I’m all about keeping our Thanksgiving menu as simple as possible, so I stick with easy side dishes. And, this is no exception. Because, even though it has a lot of different flavors, it’s super easy to make.
This stuffing recipe starts out with easy homemade bread cubes that you make from a loaf of crusty rosemary flavored bread. I found this bread in the bakery section of a couple of different stores near us, and it really adds a ton of flavor to the stuffing. If you can’t find it try a different herb bread or sourdough bread.
Making the bread cubes is easy. You just cut up the bread, toast it in the oven for about 20 minutes, and you’re done. You can do this part while you’re cooking the sausage cranberry apple mixture, and when that’s done, just mix the toasted bread cubes and the sausage together.
At this point, you either bake the stuffing in a pan, or you use it to stuff your turkey. We usually cram what we can into the turkey, and then we save the rest of the stuffing to use with leftovers.
You can also make this stuffing ahead of time — That’s what we do. Just cook it the night before, and bake it the next day. It makes Thanksgiving Day so much easier!
Looking for more holiday side dish recipes?
- Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Stove Top Candied Yams
- Baked Acorn Squash
- Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon
- Orange Ginger Glazed Carrots
Recipe for Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing
Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing
- 6 cups rosemary bread cubes
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups celery, diced
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning mix
- 2 cups organic low sodium chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Spread bread cubes evenly on a large baking sheet, and bake until toasted and light brown. Remove from oven, and set aside
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large skillet, melt the butter, and saute the onions and celery over medium high heat until slightly soft
- Crumble sausage into skillet, and cook until brown
- Stir in apples, cranberries, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and remove from heat
- Add toasted bread cubes to sausage mixture, pour in chicken stock, and stir until well combined
- Pour stuffing into a greased baking dish, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated throughout and golden brown on top. Or, use as stuffing for turkey
I hope you enjoy this cranberry apple sausage stuffing as much as we do! I’ll be sharing this at the Weekend Potluck.