Stuffing with Cranberries Recipe

Jump To Recipe Team Team November 27, 2020

Turkey is the star of any Thanksgiving dinner, but let’s be honest, a tasty stuffing makes your Thanksgiving main dish even more enjoyable. A good tasting turkey goes best with our Homemade Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and the Best-Candied Yam. It’s the sweet and herby stuffing that brings out that savoriness of a turkey, just like our Stuffing with Cranberries Recipe.

This will save you not just from worry but also from time as it only takes 40 minutes to make. This Thanksgiving stuffing with cranberries recipe will add a sweet and spicy kick and a crunchy twist to your classic thanksgiving dishes.

The Best Bread To Use In Making Stuffing

In making stuffings, we suggest using tight-crumb bread like brioche, challah, white bread, and wheat bread. These loaves of bread have rich flavors due to added eggs and butter which gives greater flavor to your stuffing. Using a dense, tight-crumb bread will actually ensure that the juices and flavors from the refreshing fruits and vegetables are fully absorbed. 

But in making our Stuffing With Cranberries Recipe, we prefer using wheat bread. Wheat bread is naturally tender and slightly chewy. Whatever ingredient you want to include in your homemade stuffing recipes, the wheat bread’s texture will keep it moist as it is the bread’s natural texture.

Wheat bread works perfectly for savory Thanksgiving stuffing that you can serve, like our Apple Herb Stuffing with nuts and aromatic herbs or our Homemade Old-Fashioned Stuffing. Wheat bread also has a neutral-taste, a good thing since it won’t clash with the flavors of our other ingredients.

Also, don’t forget to dehydrate your bread. Some dry their bread in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes at 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Some prepare the bread the night before by slicing it into cubes and covering it in a clean kitchen towel overnight.

Making Homemade Stuffing With Cranberries

Now that we know which bread to use in our stuffing, we’re diving into how we make our cranberry stuffing. No need for packaged stuffing mix as just like the rest of our recipes, this only takes a bit of your time and a little of your effort.

Put your celery and onion in the pan with your chicken broth and saute them thoroughly. Make sure to continuously stir your sauteed vegetables to avoid having burnt celery and onion. Burning these two key ingredients will make our stuffing bitter.

Now that your cranberry stuffing is waiting for the right time to be served, we’ll give you great suggestions on other easy thanksgiving side dishes you can serve with more of our Thanksgiving recipes.

What To Serve With Cranberry Stuffing

Besides being a staple Thanksgiving menu, stuffings are a versatile meal. The homemade stuffing cranberry as it is can be eaten alone or as a side to our succulent Crock Pot Pork RoastJust like stuffings and turkeys, pork roast is a popular dish in American meals for years. Our cranberry stuffing paired with garlicky meat will take you ordinary dinners to the level of special occasion meals.

You can also serve your cranberry stuffing for breakfast with our Quick-and-Easy Breakfast Casserole. Just like our stuffing recipe, this breakfast casserole recipe is the perfect last-minute dish to whip up if you have guests staying overnight after thanksgiving dinner. Now you don’t have to choose between having a savory or sweet breakfast since you can have both!

Stuffing with Cranberries Recipe Video

How To Make Stuffing with Cranberries

This quick and easy cranberry stuffing recipe makes a healthy and tasty stuffing or dish alone! Your turkey stuffing will surely be a hit with everyone on your dinner table with the fragrant spices, sweet fruits, and crunchy nuts.

Prep: 10 mins
Setting Time: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins


  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup beer of your choice, preferably pale lager
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups whole wheat bread, of your choice, crusts trimmed and cubed
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ tbsp white pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp tarragon, dried
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cranberries, canned, chopped and dried
  • 1 cup whole water chestnuts, canned, drained, and chopped
  • 1 cup green apple, chopped
  • cooking spray

To Serve:

  • fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking casserole of your choice.

  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the carrots, celery, and onion briefly until translucent.

  3. Deglaze with beer and reduce briefly. Transfer into a large mixing bowl.

  4. Add the rest of the ingredients into the same mixing bowl. Gradually mix to combine, either using a spatula or gloved clean hands.

  5. Set aside briefly to have the bread soak up the liquids, roughly 15 minutes.

  6. Transfer your mixture into the greased baking casserole. Lightly tap to release any air bubbles.

  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  8. Once baked, transfer to cooling racks and allow to cool down briefly.

  9. Garnish with parsley and portion accordingly. Serve warm!



  • Calcium: 191mg
  • Calories: 585kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 79g
  • Cholesterol: 41mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 624mg
  • Protein: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Sodium: 1327mg
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Vitamin A: 2537IU
  • Vitamin C: 15mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Is it safe to stuff a turkey?

When it’s done safely, yes! Safely means that it is thoroughly cooked so you can prevent eating bacteria. USDA recommends making your stuffing right before putting it in your turkey’s cavity loosely.

How do I store stuffing?

Your stuffing can last up to 3 to 4 days in your refrigerator if stored in an airtight container. If you want your stuffing to last a little longer, put it in your freezer and it will be good for up to a month.

How do I reheat stuffing?

Before reheating your leftovers, check if your stuffing is still moist. Refrigerating your leftover stuffing will soak up its moisture and will look drier than how it originally was. Drizzle it with up to ¼ cup of the broth you previously used, to bring its moist back. You can reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees F for over 30 minutes in a baking dish, covered, or in a microwave for two minutes. Don’t forget to transfer your stuffing to a microwave-safe dish and stir it in between those 2 minutes.

Stuffing with Cranberries Recipe


A must-have during the holiday season, this Cranberry Stuffing can spice up your turkey or fill your stomach alone. Your guests will be gushing over your savory turkey made special by the fragrant and flavorful cranberry stuffing you easily whipped up.


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