Cranberry Sausage Stuffing

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Cranberry Sausage Stuffing is every festive flavor of Thanksgiving baked into one savory, sweet and very satisfying dish. You’ll love the cranberries, apples, sausage and herbs in each bite.
This sausage stuffing is the perfect complement to Thanksgiving turkey. It makes excellent leftover casserole too. Loaded with all the textures and flavors that make Thanksgiving a favorite fall meal.

Cranberry sausage stuffing in a white bowl
Cranberry Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving without stuffing is like Christmas without cocoa! This Cranberry Sausage Stuffing is the perfect dish to serve alongside a plump, juicy bird and all the fixings. Oven-baked bread cubes, succulent sausage and a hint of sweet cranberries and apples make this a treat your guests will ask for again and again.

What Kind of Sausage Is Best for Sausage Stuffing?

It all boils down to personal preference, but we love using a sage sausage (Bob Evans brand is delicious). But you could use regular breakfast sausage, Italian sweet sausage or a spicy sausage. Beef, pork, turkey or chicken sausages are all delicious options.

Toast the Bread for Sausage Stuffing

In my mind, there’s nothing worse than soggy, flavorless bread stuffing. This Sausage Stuffing is gloriously golden brown with just the right amount of flavor and texture. The secret? Toast bread cubes in the oven for a little bit! This will give your bread a crispy outer crust with a tender inside and allows the herbs and flavors to adhere to the bread pieces. It is so delicious and never soggy!

Sausage, cranberries, parsley, apples, bread cubes, and spices in a bowl

Savory AND Sweet

My very favorite things about this Sausage Stuffing are the little sweet surprises baked within. Dried cranberries and crisp, Golden Delicious apple chunks lighten the savory sausage and herbs flavors beautifully. It’s really a meal all on its own.

Is Cranberry Sausage Stuffing Gluten Free?

This recipe uses regular white and wheat bread, so therefore not gluten-free. However, we have an absolutely delicious Gluten Free Stuffing that your whole family will love! Low calorie, but so high in festive flavors. Try this Bacon Stuffing too!

How Long Does Cranberry Sausage Stuffing Stay Good in the Refrigerator?

This Cranberry Sausage Stuffing recipe serves a huge crowd! So you could either cut the recipe in half if you’re hosting a smaller gathering, or keep those delicious leftovers in the fridge. Use it the next day to make Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole or Pilgrim Sandwiches. So yummy!

Cranberry sausage stuffing with sausage, dried cranberries, apples, and bread cubes served on a white plate

More Thanksgiving Recipes

Now that you have your stuffing settled, try a few more of these family favorite recipes for your holiday meal:

How to Make Cranberry Sausage Stuffing

Cranberry Sausage Stuffing in a white bowl with a wooden spoon next to it

Cranberry Sausage Stuffing

5 from 5 votes
Cranberry Sausage Stuffing is every festive flavor of Thanksgiving baked into one savory, sweet and very satisfying dish. Loaded with cranberries, apples, sausage and herbs, this stuffing is a perfect complement to turkey!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16



  • Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes at 350-degrees or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted breadcrumbs to a large bowl.
    Bread cubes on a sheet pan
  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat, stirring until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary and thyme. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes.
    Sausage, onion, celery, and spices in a skillet
  • Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in apples, cranberries, parsley and almonds (optional). Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter and toss until evenly coated.
    Sausage, cranberries, parsley, apples, bread cubes, and spices in a bowl
  • Spoon into two 9x13 baking dishes and cook, covered for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.
    Cranberry Sausage Stuffing in a baking dish before going into the oven


Nutrition Information

Calories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 14gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 591mgPotassium: 341mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 455IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Hi, I’m trying to make a one pot stuffing and turkey in the crockpot. Do you think I can cook this alongside the turkey breast in a crockpot.

    1. My first concern with this is the stuffing next to a raw turkey for a long period of time. My second concern is the consistency of the stuffing, it will be very moist and/or the bread will turn to mush. How long do you plan to cook the turkey and at what temperature? I would definitely add the stuffing after the turkey has been cooking in the crockpot for several hours on low. The stuffing will only need to be in the crockpot for 3-4 hours on low, and probably only 1-2 hours on high.

    1. We haven’t tried this recipe with chorizo sausage, so I can’t speak to how it would affect the taste or texture.

    1. I haven’t tried that way, so I can’t speak for how it would affect the taste or texture. Let us know how it works if you do try it!

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