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Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

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Why not try this Cranberry & Apple Stuffing this fall. Bursting with cranberries, apples, walnuts and so much more. A prefect Thanksgiving side dish the whole family will love.

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Cranberry & Apple Stuffing


Traditions are traditions for a reason.  It’s a go to place, recipe, time, date, outfit, or whatever.  We get comfort from traditions.  It helps us hold on to something by recreating memories that otherwise may be long forgotten.  I am a sucker for a good tradition.

Well, traditionally, growing up we only ever had one type of stuffing.  The funny thing is, it wasn’t even called stuffing.  It was, and still is, called dressing.  I personally believe it is the best dressing in the world.  If you happen to come from Newfoundland, you know what I am talking about.

overhead view of the cranberry and apple stuffing
Cranberry & Apple Stuffing

Newfoundland Dressing

I believed wholeheartedly for years and years, that it was the only type of stuffing on earth.  Why would anyone even make anything else?  You know the expression, ¨If it breaks don’t fix it?¨  Well, it’s kind of like that.  You have a great stuffing recipe, so why do anything different.  I agree!  Which is bizarre because I write this food blog and am trying new stuff all the time despite having favourites that will probably never change.  Traditions!

Well Newfoundland dressing is like no other I have ever tasted ever, full stop.  What makes it so special? Savoury!  Yes, that wonderful herb that grows in abundance in Newfoundland and the flavour is so distinct that nothing compares to it at all.

overhead view of the cranberry and apple stuffing on a wooden board
Cranberry & Apple Stuffing

Breaking Traditions

Needless to say, you can’t get it around here.  I have tired over the years using, thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary and every other herb know to man to try and recreate Newfoundland dressing, but failed on every single account.  After too many failures to count, I gave up and starting making other types of stuffing and decided I could break the tradition and do something different.  You know with the modern age, I am sure I could buy it online and have it shipped.  Well, maybe not.  Herbs overseas?  Not sure how that works.  In any case, I save that treat for when I visit. 

Nothing compares to Newfoundland Savoury.  Okay, it is more commonly knows as Summer Savory, but I am sticking to what I know.

Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

All that being said, this is a great stuffing. I loved the sweetness from the cranberries and apples as well as the slight crunch from the walnuts.  We served it with a roasted chicken, gravy and mashed potatoes for a Sunday lunch recently.  Admittedly, it wasn’t a winner with the kids.  Picky pants.  I really thought it was a great stuffing and will be making it again for sure. And if you love stuffing, be sure to check out my Rosemary & Walnut Stuffing.

Sometimes it’s okay to break tradition.

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Cranberry and Apple stuffing on a wooden table with pine cones
Cranberry and Apple Stuffing

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Cranberry & Apple Stuffing

Why not try this Cranberry & Apple Stuffing this fall. Bursting with cranberries, apples, walnuts and so much more. A prefect Thanksgiving side dish the whole family will love.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: christmas, stuffing, thanksgiving
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


  • 10 slices white bread diced into about 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 White onion finely chopped
  • 2 Apples peeled cored and diced
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme
  • Small bunch fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups chicken stock


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Evenly spread out bread on a large baking tray. Bake in oven for about 20 – 25 minutes. Turning tray half way through baking. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In a large skillet set over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until browned and slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Add the apples and continue cooking until the apples start to soften, about 5 more minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat. Add the walnuts and cranberries and stir well. Add the dried bread cubes, rosemary, thyme, parsley and salt. Stir well.
  • Add about 1 cup/240 ml of the chicken stock to the bread crumb mixture and stir well. Gradually add the remaining stock stirring, careful not to soak it completely and tear apart the bread.
  • Transfer the stuffing to a greased 8 x 10 deep sided baking dish. Bake for around 15 – 20 minutes or until golden. Can serve straight away or at room temperature.
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*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry & Apple Stuffing
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 436mg19%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on November 17th, 2017
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