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Sage Apple Cranberry Dressing

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sage Apple Cranberry Dressing, Stuffing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 450 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Herbaceous and fruity, the classic holiday dressing with a flirty twist. 



  • 1 lb bread 12-16 oz when dried (see notes)
  • 7 tbsp butter divided 5/2; melted
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 3 medium apples (medium sized), diced
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • tsp salt +/- to taste
  • tsp pepper +/- to taste
  • tsp garlic minced/grated
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white wine warmed; or use broth
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth warmed; to desired consistency


  1. Place the dried bread in a large bowl; set aside.

  2. In a large sauté pan heated over medium high heat, melt the ⅓ cup (5 tbsp) butter. 

  3. Add the celery, onion, apples and sauté for about 4 minutes.

  4. Add the sage, salt, pepper, garlic, and cranberries; mix well.

  5. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Add the sautéed items to the bread in a large bowl; toss well. 

  8. Slowly add the warmed wine (or broth if omitting wine) and continue to mix.

  9. Add the warmed broth, slowly mix it in. More or less broth can be used, it is to the desired wetness/consistency. 

  10. Taste for salt and pepper, add more if needed.

  11. Add to a baking dish and pour the remaining 2 tbsp butter over the top, cover with foil and cook at 350° for 30 minutes.
  12. Once it has cooked for 30 minutes, remove the foil and cook an additional 5 minutes uncovered.
  13. Serve and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

I generally dry a fresh loaf of bread by removing it from the package, allowing it to sit out for a day, then continue to dry it in an oven that was heated to 350°F, turned off, then had the bread placed it in. 

I have also torn fresh bread and allowed it to 'stale' in a paper bag for a couple of days. 

Additionally, I have purchased bags for dried bread cubes from my grocery store bakery that are usually labeled 12 oz, which oddly makes about the same amount as a pound of freshly dried loaf bread.

Nutrition Facts
Sage Apple Cranberry Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 575mg25%
Potassium 335mg10%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 469IU9%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.