This delicious Apple Sausage Stuffing is perfect for the holidays. Italian sausage, crunchy apples, and tart cranberries take this classic savory side dish to the next level.

For more delicious holiday side dish recipes, be sure to check out my Instant Pot Glazed Carrots, Roasted Acorn Squash, and Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole.

apple sausage stuffing in a baking dish

A holiday dinner spread just isn’t complete without the stuffing, or “dressing” if you call it that instead!

And if the plain Jane traditional stuffing isn’t quite what you’re looking for this year, then you will love this savory and super flavorful Apple Sausage Stuffing. It’s so delicious and pairs beautifully with roast turkey or ham!

stuffing with turkey on a white plate

There is also plenty of room for versatility in this recipe. If the apples or cranberries don’t work for you, feel free to leave them out. You can also add in some sliced mushrooms or water chestnuts if that’s more your speed.

Ingredients for Apple Sausage Stuffing

  • cubed herb seasoned stuffing
  • unsalted butter
  • chicken broth
  • yellow onion
  • celery
  • dried cranberries
  • apples
  • Italian sausage
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • dried thyme

ingredients laid out to make apple sausage stuffing

How to Make Apple Sausage Stuffing – Step by Step

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. 

Step 2: Cook Italian Sausage and Vegetables

Brown the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, celery, and seasonings to the sausage and sauté until onions are clear and soft, about 4-5 minutes.

a skillet with sausage and vegetables

Step 3: Add Fruit

Remove skillet from the heat and stir in the apples and dried cranberries. 

Step 4: Heat the Chicken Broth

Heat the chicken broth in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Step 5: Prepare the Apple Sausage Stuffing

Pour the stuffing mix into a large mixing bowl and add the cubed butter and the warm chicken broth. Set aside and let the stuffing absorb the liquid, about five minutes. 

stuffing mix in a bowl with cubed butter

Step 6: Mix Ingredients 

Combine the sausage mixture with the stuffing and stir, then spread mixture in the prepared baking dish.

cooked sausage with apples and cranberries in a bowl

Step 7: Bake

Bake your apple sausage stuffing for 35 minutes until golden brown. 

stuffing in a baking dish

Tips and Notes

  • What type of apples to use: I used Gala apples in this recipe but feel free to use any type of sweet apple. I would avoid Granny Smith. You can also peel your apples before dicing if you’d prefer, but I left the peel on my apples for this recipe.
  • What brand of stuffing to use: I used Pepperridge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing mix, but any brand of stuffing can be used.
  • What type of sausage to use: I prefer mild Italian sausage in this apple sausage stuffing recipe, but feel free to use any flavor that you would like.
  • Substitutions and Omissions: If you don’t like the addition of the apples or cranberries, feel free to omit them. Sliced mushrooms or water chestnuts would also make great additions for more flavor or texture if you like either of those.

apple sausage stuffing in a baking dish with a spoon

Can this Apple Sausage Stuffing be made ahead of time? 

Yes! Make the stuffing according to the recipe directions through step six, then cover and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days ahead of time. When you are ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and let the dish sit on the counter while the oven is preheating. Bake as directed in step seven.

a spoonful of stuffing with apple

How do I store leftover stuffing?

Any leftover apple sausage stuffing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

stuffing with turkey on a white plate

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stuffing with turkey on a white plate
5 from 4 ratings

Apple Sausage Stuffing

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
This delicious Apple Sausage Stuffing is perfect for the holidays. Italian sausage, crunchy apples, and tart cranberries take this classic savory side dish to the next level.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 12 oz bag of seasoned cubed stuffing mix
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Brown the Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, celery, and seasonings to the sausage and sauté until onions are clear and soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the apples and dried cranberries. 
  • Heat the chicken broth in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the stuffing mix into a large mixing bowl and add the cubed butter and the warm chicken broth. Set aside and let the stuffing absorb the liquid for about five minutes.
  • Combine the sausage mixture with the stuffing and stir, then spread mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. 

Notes

  • What type of apples to use: I used Gala apples in this recipe but feel free to use any type of sweet apple. I would avoid Granny Smith. You can also peel your apples before dicing if you'd prefer, but I left the peel on my apples for this recipe.
  • What brand of stuffing to use: I used Pepperridge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing mix, but any brand of stuffing can be used.
  • What type of sausage to use: I prefer mild Italian sausage in this recipe, but feel free to use any flavor that you would like.
  • Substitutions and Omissions: If you don't like the addition of the apples or cranberries, feel free to omit them. Sliced mushrooms or water chestnuts would also make great additions for more flavor or texture if you like either of those.
  • Making in advance: Make the stuffing according to the recipe directions through step six, then cover and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days ahead of time. When you are ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and let the dish sit on the counter while the oven is preheating. Bake as directed in step seven.
  • Storing leftovers: Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 512kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 1285mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 296IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 3mg
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