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Cranberry Stuffing

cranberry stuffing Side Dish
Cranberry Stuffing
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 18

With their delightfully chewy texture and sweet-tart flavor, dried cranberries are the perfect addition to stuffing. So this Thanksgiving, why not make cranberry stuffing for a lovely fruity variation on what’s otherwise a completely classic recipe. With plenty of butter and traditional aromatics in the mix—sage, thyme, onion—bread soaks up all sorts of rich flavor. Once you get a taste of this dish, we think you’ll agree dried cranberries are the ingredient you didn’t know your Thanksgiving stuffing was missing! MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 17, 2020

Ingredients

1
cup butter or margarine
3
medium celery stalks (with leaves), chopped (1 1/2 cups)
3/4
cup finely chopped onion
9
cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)
1/2
cup dried cranberries or golden raisins
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook celery and onion in butter, stirring frequently, until onion is tender. Stir in about one-third of the bread cubes. Place in large bowl. Add remaining bread cubes and ingredients; toss.
  • 2
    Stuff turkey just before roasting.

Expert Tips

  • To bake stuffing separately, place in greased 3-quart casserole or rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Cover and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.
  • Vary the flavor of this stuffing by using dried cherries or dried blueberries for the cranberries.
  • Stuffing is amenable to almost any type of bread. From cornbread to wheat to rye to sourdough, use what you like and what you think will complement the rest of the flavors in the meal.
  • Stuffing is easy to prep the day before, so it’s just a dump-and-go dish on Thanksgiving day. The only trick is to store chopped bread separately from vegetables and herbs. The bread will become soggy if stored with these other ingredients, so leave it in a zip top plastic bag on your counter, and store the rest of the ingredients in your fridge.
  • Make your cranberry stuffing recipe extra hearty and flavorful by adding in sausage. A breakfast sausage would be delicious in this recipe, especially one with notes of sage and maple.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
0%
Saturated Fat
7g
0%
Cholesterol
30mg
0%
Sodium
380mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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