There’s only one thing better than turkey stuffing at Thanksgiving: LOADED turkey stuffing!
What makes it loaded? It’s packed full of: cranberries, apples, walnuts, celery, onion, and apricots.
Let’s face it, eating the same old plain turkey stuffing gets boring year after year. This loaded turkey stuffing recipe is anything but boring. It will absolutely steal the show this year on your Thanksgiving table.
Popular Questions About Loaded Turkey Stuffing:
Do you cook it inside the turkey or in a casserole dish?
Loaded Turkey Stuffing can be made in a casserole dish in the oven (as pictured below) or you can wrap it in foil and cook it in your turkey.
Both are delicious! We usually make a double batch and cook it both ways.
Can you make it ahead of time?
Yes! If you’re tight on space this Thanksgiving, you can make this stuffing ahead of time and warm it up right before you put it on the table.
To preserve flavor & texture, I’d recommend making it no more than a few hours ahead of time (not overnight).
Why So Many Ingredients?
This is LOADED stuffing!! It has all the flavor and all the ingredients. Walnuts add a nice crunch, cranberries give tartness, apricots a sweet chew, etc.
Each ingredient goes together for perfect flavor and texture.
Just look how beautiful all those ingredients are together:
And if you aren’t a fan of one of the ingredients, leave it out to create your own version!Print
Classic turkey stuffing only better: loaded with cranberries, walnuts, apples, apricots, celery, and onions.
- 1 onion (diced)
- 3 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1/4 cup apricots (diced)
- 1 apple (diced)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1 package Stovetop Bread Cubes
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnuts (diced finely)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
- Dice onions, celery, apples and apricots. Chop walnuts.
- Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onions, celery, apple, apricots. Cook about 5 minutes, or until onions, apple and celery are soft. Stir in sage, thyme, salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, add stovetop bread cubes, cranberries, walnuts, chicken broth and mixture from the skillet.
- Stir gently to combine all ingredients. Pour into a 9 x 9 baking dish. Cover with foil.
- Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 11 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
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