Applesauce Stuffing Recipe
My all-time favorite stuffing contains a not-so-secret ingredient: applesauce. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the otherwise buttery, savory dish.
Stuffing is one of those foods that everybody makes differently, which makes it so fun.
I’ve seen stuffing made with pork sausage, chorizo sausage, bacon, and even oysters. I’ve seen stuffing made with gluten-free bread, cornbread, and challah bread. I’ve seen the addition of pomegranate seeds, pecans, fennel, and various other ingredients.
There are thousands of great stuffing recipes out there.
Today, I would like to share with you my take on Thanksgiving stuffing.
I have been making it this way for years. Since high school, in fact. I worked as a waitress in the local diner, and the cook there added applesauce to her stuffing. It was fabulous. The best stuffing I have ever eaten.
What Does Applesauce Stuffing Taste Like?
Applesauce stuffing is a delightfully sweet/savory stuffing that has subtle apple favor thanks to the addition of applesauce.
The apple flavor is not overwhelming. Rather, it adds a hint of sweetness and apple-ness that blends so beautifully with the butter, sage, and parsley.
I have made some tweaks along the way, but I always add applesauce to my stuffing. It adds just the right amount of sweetness, blending beautifully with the other savory ingredients.
This stuffing recipe can’t be beat. It’s easy to make, budget-friendly, and crowd-pleasing. Give it a try.
More Thanksgiving Recipes & Inspiration
Looking for some affordable Thanksgiving (and other special occasion) recipes? Here are some of my favorites:
- Bourbon-pecan squash
- Sesame squash brûlée
- Sesame-glazed acorn squash
- Cauliflower stuffing (Paleo)
- Norwegian lefse
- Sweet corn spoon bread
- Perfect dinner rolls
- Fully loaded Brussels sprouts
- Mashed carrot potatoes with bacon
- Buttery baked carrots
- Twice-baked potato “cupcakes”
- Mashed potato hacks
- Raisin sauce for ham
- My grandma’s Norwegian-style meatball recipe
- 5 to 6 cups seasoned bread stuffing cubes
- 1 stick butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 1/2 cups applesauce (I used sweetened applesauce, but feel free to use unsweetened)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Sage or poultry seasoning (optional)
- Chopped apples and/or coconut (optional)
- Chopped parsley, for garnish
- In a large frying pan, combine butter, onion, and celery and cook over medium heat until the onions and celery are soft. Add applesauce and chicken broth. Remove from heat.
- Add butter mixture to dry bread crumbs and combine. Add additional chicken broth if stuffing is dry. Add seasoning, if desired. Mix in apples and/or coconut, if desired.
- Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.