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8 Cranberry Stuffing Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Cranberries add a subtle sweetness and tang to traditional savory stuffing to give you those classic festive flavors in every bite. Whether you stuff the bird, or bake it separately in a dish, we’ve compiled this collection of top-rated cranberry stuffing recipes for a guaranteed delicious addition to your Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

Cranberry Nut Stuffing

Frozen cranberries give a traditional sage and onion stuffing a tangy twist, while walnuts, almonds and pecans add so much flavor and a delicious crunch. “Absolute hit!” says home cook Nick. “I used fresh whole cranberries instead of frozen. Turned out great!”

Sweet Stuffing

Fresh cranberries, orange juice, rosemary and raisin bread all feature in this tasty side dish that’s guaranteed to please your Thanksgiving guests. “Excellent stuffing,” says home cook Colleen Sullivan. “I have used fresh and dried cranberries – both work well. I have made it for a few years and people always request it and rave about it!”

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Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon

In this gluten free stuffing, a combination of wild rice, white rice, onions, apples and bacon are elevated with an array of dried fruit including cranberries, currants, cherries, and apricots. A generous helping of robust Italian parsley and dried mixed herbs balance out the sweetness.

Quinoa Stuffing

Enjoy this delicious combination of quinoa, cranberry and butternut squash as a gluten-free, vegetarian side dish at Thanksgiving, or try it as a stuffing for bell peppers, acorn squash, or turkey. “This was a big hit even among those who are gluten lovers!” says home cook Rachel Bank. “I used more cranberries than called for to make it a little sweeter.”

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Happy Hippy Stuffing

This tasty stuffing is bursting with flavor from juicy cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, herbs and spices. “I have had my fair share of stuffing and this by far puts the rest to shame,” says home cook ibakegoodness. “The absolute best recipe for stuffing – super tasty!”

Cranberry Apple Raisin Stuffing

A fruity, flavorful vegetarian stuffing featuring cranberry sauce, crunchy cubes of apple, golden raisins, orange and lemon zest that even meat eaters will love! “Since most of my family has been vegetarian for 25 years, we make this stuffing in a casserole instead of stuffing it in the turkey,” says recipe creator Patti.

Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

This popular, 5 star savory turkey sausage stuffing is naturally sweetened with dried cranberries and apples. “I usually make sausage cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving but this I like even better!” says home cook Jennifer. “Great combination of savory & sweet. A definite keeper!”

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Mom’s Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme combine with dried cranberries and two varieties of sausage in a stuffing that is sure to steal the show at Thanksgiving dinner!

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