Applesauce Stuffing Recipe

Simple applesauce stuffing recipe, made with seasoned bread cubes and applesauce.

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, corn bread, 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.

Applesauce stuffing.

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. Give it a try.

Applesauce Stuffing Recipe
Yield: 6 servings

Applesauce Stuffing Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 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)
  • Shopped parsley, for garnish


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

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6 Responses to “Applesauce Stuffing Recipe”

  1. 1

    violet nelson — November 18, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    This is awesome stuffing!!

  2. 2

    Scott — October 1, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    Will definitely try this as posted.
    I’m a big fan of wild rice. How should I adjust for 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained wild rice?
    Any suggestions or do I wing it. lol

  3. 3

    Cindy — November 3, 2018 @ 6:27 pm

    Do you make your own bread cubes, or use the ready-made cubes from a bag?

    • Haley replied: — November 4th, 2018 @ 4:26 am

      I usually buy a package of ready-made bread cubes.

  4. 4

    Janet — November 24, 2018 @ 4:23 pm

    This is the only stuffing I have aever made. My mother made it with the apples and now my daughter makes it the same way. I am 72 and still love it this way. I use Granny Smith apples.

    • Haley replied: — December 3rd, 2018 @ 6:14 am

      Awesome! Why mess with perfection? 😉

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