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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Deliver Ingredients


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


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.)

Stuffing Shopping Tip

Make sure you have all the recipes you are going to make ahead of time. Compile your grocery list from those recipes a week in advance. Make sure you allot enough time for the turkey to defrost.

Stuffing Cooking Tip

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.