Sweet and Zippy Stuffing Recipe

Sweet and Zippy Stuffing Recipe
Staff Writer

Stacy McNicholas


Add a little zip to your holiday stuffing this year with Craisins and applesauce. You can make this stuffing a day in advance and bake it half an hour before dinner is served.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the water and butter to a stockpot and place over high heat.

In a small pan, sauté the onion until soft, but not browned, about 10 minutes. When the water reaches a boil, remove from heat and add the cooked onions, celery, and stuffing mix. Stir well. Add the applesauce while stirring and slowly toss in the cranberries, chestnuts, or apples, if using. The mixture should not be too dry, nor should it be too wet. Adjust the amount of applesauce to get a good balance of moisture.

Transfer to a baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes. (This stuffing can be made a day in advance. If baking directly from the refrigerator, cover with foil and bake approximately 10 minutes longer.)


Calories per serving:

220 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 10g 16%
  • Carbs 27g 9%
  • Saturated 6g 31%
  • Fiber 1g 6%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 4g 8%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 490mg 20%
  • Calcium 46mg 5%
  • Magnesium 17mg 4%
  • Potassium 124mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 7%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 56mg 8%
  • Vitamin A 79µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 4%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 62µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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