Holiday Recipe Exchange: Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing

What’s my favorite thing about any Thanksgiving spread? Hands down, it’s the stuffing!

Even though I never cook my stuffing inside of my turkey, I still call it stuffing. I know the correct term is dressing when it is cooked outside of the bird, but we just never referred to as dressing, so I simply can’t get the hang of it.

Growing up, I don’t remember anyone having a signature stuffing recipe, we kind of just ate whatever was presented to us, but it was always called stuffing and it was always baked on the side. As an adult, I have experimented with several different recipes and seem to always come back to this one. It’s full of veggies, sausage, herbs, apples and cranberries and it’s always the first empty bowl on our Thanksgiving table. The beauty of stufffing is that it is so adaptable, simply add in what you love and modify the spices, textures and flavors to suit your taste. No matter what recipe you use, stuffing is one of those comfort foods that has a nostalgic quality about it that takes me back to family gatherings and many hours of experimentation in my own kitchen.  I am pretty sure Thanksgiving would not be the same without it.

What’s your stance on stuffing? Swanson Broth is trying to settle the Great Stuffing Debate and has set up quite the comedic website devoted to this beloved Thanksgiving side dish. Seriously, you need to watch the video simply to get a glimpse of the ridiculous Thanksgiving sweaters that are being worn by several of the family members.

Regardless of your opinion, Katie and I hope you’ll join us in our second Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Swanson’s. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and thanks so much for stopping by!

Be sure to head over to goodLife {eats} and check out out Katie’s delicious Leek and Bacon Stuffing.

How To Participate

For a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card:

  1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring Swanson Broth and/or Stuffing.
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Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing

Yield: 10 servings


5 cups cubed French bread
1 pound ground Italian sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
8 ounces fresh mushrooms; sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1 3/4 cups Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.

2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until evenly browned {about 8 minutes} remove from pan; set aside. To the pan, add olive oil, onion, celery, mushrooms, apple, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes to blend flavors and soften the vegetables.

3. Add sausage back into pan and stir to combine. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in dried cranberries and parsley. Drizzle with Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth s and melted butter, and mix lightly.

4. Spread into a buttered 9x13 inch pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.


Notes: I like my stuffing with a crunchy top layer, so we always baked it uncovered. We also like our stuffing to be moist, so feel free to adjust the amount of chicken broth to suit your taste.

Adapted from allrecipes

15 Responses to “Holiday Recipe Exchange: Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing”

  1. CaSaundra — November 22, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Love the sounds of the cranberries paired with the sausage–mmm!!


  2. Jen S. — November 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I think that you have inspired me to try something different this year! This sounds absolutely wonderful…thanks!


  3. Sara — November 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    This sounds so good! I bet the sweetness of the cranberries mixed with the savory of the sausage is delicious.


  4. Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes — November 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I agree that stuffing is the best dish of the entire Thanksgiving meal, but it seems beyond that single point, no one can reach a consensus about stuffing, even within my own family.

    Thanks for the ideas in your recipe – I will enjoy reading about else’s recipes for stuffing!


  5. Kelley — November 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I love the apples and cranberries with sausage. Your picture is amazing!


  6. Amanda — November 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Your stuffing looks beautiful… and we always made ours the same way! Called stuffing and served outside the bird! :)


  7. make my day — November 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Oh no…. now how am i supposed to choose my stuffing when I’m presented with such intriguing choices!!! italian sausages are great… what about using some kransky? hmm. cheers kari


  8. Tickled Red — November 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I have never used cranberries in my stuffing but I have a feeling this will be showing up on the table soon. Scrumptious darlin’!!


  9. Nutmeg Nanny — November 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Such a delicious looking stuffing. I love the addition of tart cranberries…yum!


  10. naomi — November 23, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Stuffing with fruits- yum! I can’t get anyone in my family to agree on that. Wish we were neighbors so I could raid your Thanksgiving table! :)


  11. Wenderly — November 23, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Cranberries, granny smith apples & sausage…OH MY! That sounds fabulous! I’m in!


  12. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Now this is my kind of stuffing! I always love sausage and cranberries in stuffing. Just perfect!


  13. Made With Pink — November 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I absoloutly LOVE stuffing! I never did when I was a kid, but now I just can’t get enough of it! I moved to London a few years ago, and the stuffing isn’t the same here. They’re big fans of sausage, sage & onion stuffing. Not much bread in it.


  14. Courtney — November 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    It’s kind of crazy, but I hated stuffing growing up. Now it’s one of my favorites!
    My family made homemade in the bird, or stove top.
    I think outside the bird is such a better flavor, and just overall better texture.
    Yum! Can’t wait to share my recipe :)


  15. Jane Ko — November 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for providing this opportunity! I’ve added the button to my blog :)


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