Apple, Sausage, and Cranberry Stuffing

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Over the years, our Thanksgiving traditions from when we were growing up in Massachusetts and spending time with our families have grown into a 'Friendsgiving' of sorts, where we host all of our friends here in Arizona who also find themselves thousands of miles away from the rest of their families. 

Since my first Thanksgiving away from my family, as a freshman studying at Arizona State University, it has become easier and easier to develop new traditions without feeling too melancholy and missing out on the old ones. Celebrating holidays while I was away at college was difficult at times, but I always found solace spending as much time as I could with my friends and co-workers who were also far away from their families. Since graduation and getting married, I began to develop my own personal Thanksgiving traditions with Adam and we began starting up some new ways to enjoy Thanksgiving together, with our friends, and celebrating with our mini Arizona family!

Learning to prepare and cook an entire Thanksgiving Day meal by myself (with some help from Adam, of course) was a bit overwhelming, to say the least. When I first starting planning our annual Friendsgiving, I took to Pinterest to get some ideas for recipes. Overwhelmed with literally thousands of ways to cook a turkey, I turned off my laptop and ran into the other room and stood in my kitchen and contemplated if I had made a mistake offering my home to a dozen of our closest friends for a holiday that comes with such high of expectations. 

With time, I narrowed down the thousands and thousands of recipe ideas to a few that I have stuck by over the years that have been well-received by our friends at Friendsgiving dinner. Today, I am sharing one of these recipes--this apple, sausage, and cranberry stuffing tastes like home and goes perfectly with all of your other Thanksgiving favorites such as an oven baked Butterball Whole Turkey, red wine, Marie Callender's Dessert Pies and Marie Callender's Loaf Cakes, etc!

Apple, Sausage, and Cranberry Stuffing

  • 2 golden delicious apples
  • 3 mild sausage brats
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups of dried cranberries
  • 12 oz of cornbread stuffing mix
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 stalk of celery (about 2 cups chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
  • 1 3/4 cups of turkey broth
  1. Slice sausages into 1-2 inch bite-sized pieces.
  2. Fill a large skillet with the vegetable oil, heat to medium-low, and cook the sausage in the skillet. Flip the sausage until it's fully cooked. Once they are cooked, remove them from heat.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  4. Chop up the celery and apples into small, bite-sized pieces.
  5. Use a stovetop pot to melt the butter completely on low heat, and once the butter is melted, add in the apples and celery. Add the sage, rosemary, and parsley and stir it into the butter mixture.
  6. Turn up the heat on the pot (medium-high heat) and saute the apples and celery in the butter until they are almost translucent in appearance. Stir often.
  7. Once the apples and celery are nearly translucent, turn off the heat.
  8. Using a larger pot, pour the cornbread stuffing into the pot and mix in the apple and celery butter mixture. Add in the cranberries and the cooked sausage, and slowly pour in and mix in the turkey broth. Mix well.
  9. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Fill the casserole dish with the stuffing mixture, and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 40 minutes, remove it from the oven and remove the aluminum foil, and then bake it in the oven for an additional 10 minutes uncovered (this will prevent the top of the stuffing from becoming burnt).
  10. Serve and enjoy with a glass of red wine and your Thanksgiving favorites like Butterball Whole Turkey, Marie Callender's Dessert Pies and Marie Callender's Loaf Cakes, etc! 

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This stuffing always makes it on the table on Thanksgiving Day! 

Since we've learned to develop our own holiday traditions over the years, we have narrowed down our essentials for Thanksgiving and it has become less overwhelming every year when it comes time to go shopping for the holidays. Among all of our turkey day must-haves like this stuffing (and the coveted bird), we always have delicious desserts and keep the wine flowing at the table for all of our friends. This year, I will be heading down to our neighborhood grocery to take advantage of the holiday sales and pick up our Butterball Whole Turkey, a handful of bottles of red and white wine (including Woodbridge Red Blend and Woodbridge Cabernet), all the ingredients I need to make our stuffing, as well as Marie Callender's Dessert Pie and Marie Callender's Loaf Cake (they are coming out with new flavors this year as well and we're excited to see what we can find when we shop for Thanksgiving dinner).

The Woodbridge Red Blend pairs perfectly with this apple, sausage, and cranberry stuffing and all of our Thanksgiving favorites. It's no wonder I always end up running out of this bottle before all of the others on display on our dining room bar cart! Woodbridge Red Blend is crafted with toasty, warm flavors that go perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner, which is why it is easily becoming one of our favorite holiday wines!

Woodbridge has always been one of our go-to wines when we are out at the grocery store picking up everything from our shopping list. Their wines are always smooth and balanced, and pair perfectly with so many of the dishes we make at home!

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  1. This looks AMAZING! I pinned it on Pinterest, can't wait to try.

  2. This looks amazing! Like most everyone, stuffing is my absolute favorite! I even make double batches! I will try this soon!

  3. This is my kind of stuffing! I make something very similar but with cornbread. Yummy - the sausage and fruit make it the best!

  4. This looks so flavorful! I'll have to make it this Thanksgiving.

  5. Gosh this looks so delicious! I made my first ever stuffing from scratch this year for Thanksgiving here in Canada and it was so fun and tasty too.


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