“Heirloom” Stuffing Recipe | Kraft in the Kitchen

“Heirloom” Stuffing Recipe

This is one of the best stuffing recipes I’ve ever eaten. It’s also one of the few savory dishes I’ll lick the spoon for, and a recipe I’ll undoubtedly pass down to my daughter one day (along with many others).

At my family’s annual Thanksgiving festivities, I most look forward to lots of laughter and delicious aromas reaching all corners of the house. Next to the traditional turkey and pies, casseroles and soups, this Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing is one of my longtime favorite dishes. It is my absolute favorite stuffing recipe, and I will definitely make it for my Thanksgiving feast this year. My family and friends across the map can testify to its greatness!

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This delicious side dish is remarkably simple and produces a fluffy stuffing with a perfectly crisp top yet soft texture inside. Savory spiced Italian sausage nicely complements the apples and tangy-sweet cranberries. Combined with celery, onion and sage, the whole dish produces a mouthwatering aroma and an even better taste!

To make it, I simply sizzle sausage, onion, celery, butter, apples and sage in a large skillet. Once they’re nice and cooked down and your kitchen is flooded with the fabulous aroma, take the skillet off the heat and stir in chicken broth and egg. (The egg helps bind everything together, so your stuffing isn’t too crumbly.) Stir in the cranberries and stuffing mix, then gently toss until everything is combined. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, cover the dish and pop it in the oven. Halfway through, uncover the stuffing to crisp up the top. Serve with a sprinkle of additional cranberries and sage leaves. So easy and elegant!

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I’ll also be making this stuffing recipe plenty beyond Thanksgiving, since it’s delicious with any roasted meat or poultry. If you don’t make it for the holidays, I hope you work this mouthwatering, easy stuffing into one of your special weekday dinners and get to enjoy it for yourself. I guarantee you, your family and friends will really enjoy this stuffing!

In the mood for more? Check out these other fabulous stuffing recipes and extra-easy stuffing ideas plus more ideas for what to do with stuffing mix.






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    Jill says:

    I make something similar that is great also. I skip the eggs and cranberry and add dried cherries and some kind of nuts. I am partial to sunflower seeds but any will do as it is for texture. Also add bacon too as bacon is great with everything

    Usually at thanksgiving I use 2 boxes of Stove Top stuffing and go for cornbread + pork or cornbread +sage. Half is cooked in the bird, Half is cooked in the oven. When bird comes out, I combine the 2 with some turkey drippings and cook an additional 20 minutes in the oven til is dry/moist.

    Whatever, Stove Top is great. Better than dressing. Tastes great whether inside meat/poultry or cooked in the oven by itself.

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    That crust recipe will work. But I never put sugar in a regular pie crust. I also still use shortening instead of butter since I think it makes a flakier crust. But the proportions of flour, fat and water seem right in that recipe

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