Sweet and Zippy Stuffing Recipe

Stacy McNicholas


  • 6 cups  water
  • 8 tablespoons  butter
  • large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 stalks  celery, cut into small pieces
  • bags seasoned stuffing mix
  • large jar applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup  fresh cranberries or Craisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup  water chestnuts (optional)
  • apple, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly (optional)

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, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 104g 160%
  • Carbs 275g 92%
  • Saturated 61g 307%
  • Fiber 14g 58%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 35g
  • Monounsaturated 29g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 40g 81%
  • Cholesterol 248mg 83%
  • Sodium 4,900mg 204%
  • Calcium 458mg 46%
  • Magnesium 174mg 44%
  • Potassium 1,237mg 35%
  • Iron 13mg 75%
  • Zinc 4mg 25%
  • Phosphorus 564mg 81%
  • Vitamin A 790µg 88%
  • Vitamin C 13mg 22%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 141%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 87%
  • Niacin (B3) 20mg 100%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 37%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 625µg 156%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 30µg 37%
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