Turkey Cranberry Apple Stuffing Recipe

We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and there’s actually plenty of truth behind that expression!

High in potassium, apples can help control blood pressure, plus the fiber-rich fruit can help reduce cholesterol. Apart from their health benefits, crisp, juicy apples are an autumnal kitchen staple. 

Turkey Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Recipe by Nutrition World
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Course: SideCuisine: Thanksgiving, American



    Apples aren't just for apple pie! Make use of freshly-harvested apples this Thanksgiving by combining them with tangy cranberries and hearty turkey sausage for a one-of-a-kind stuffing.


    • cups

      cubed whole wheat bread

    • cups

      cubed white bread

    • 1 pound

      ground turkey sausage

    • 1 cup

      chopped onion

    • cup

      chopped celery

    • teaspoons

      dried sage

    • teaspoons

      dried rosemary

    • ½ teaspoon

      dried thyme

    • 1

      apple, cored and chopped

    • ¾ cup

      dried cranberries

    • cup

      minced fresh parsley

    • 1

      cooked turkey liver, finely chopped

    • ¾ cup

      turkey stock

    • 4 tablespoons

      unsalted butter, melted


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. 

    • Spread all of the bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until evenly toasted. Move to a large mixing bowl and set aside. 

    • Sauté the turkey sausage and onion in a large pan on medium heat until evenly browned. Add the rosemary, thyme, sage, and celery and continue to cook for approximately 3-4 minutes. 

    • Pour this mixture over the bread in the bowl. Gently combine the chopped apple, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver together with the bread mixture. Drizzle the turkey stock and melted butter on top and mix lightly. 

    • Bake in a water bath for 20-30 minutes or until crusty on top. Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    • Calories—235 | Total Fat—12g | Protein—13g | Sodium—548mg | Cholesterol—80mg | Dietary Fiber—2g | Carbohydrate—22g

    Facts about Apples

    How to Choose:

    There are thousands of types of apples, and which you choose really depends on your preferences and the dish you’ll be making. According to The Washington State Apple Advertising Commission, some of the most popular apple types can be described as: 

    Red Delicious: crunchy and mildly sweet

    Golden Delicious: mellow and sweet

    Gala: crisp, aromatically sweet

    Fuji: super-sweet and crisp

    Granny Smith: extremely tart and juicy

    Honeycrisp: tangy-sweet 

    Storing Wisdom:

    Keep them in the fridge. Apples are best stored in the refrigerator, with access to humidity. Place them in the crisper drawer with a damp paper towel on top as soon as you get them home.

    Did you know?

    If something is as American as apple pie, it’s actually not all that American after all. History books trace pie-making as far back as 14th century England, and those skills, along with apple seeds, arrived on U.S. soil thanks to the Pilgrims.

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