Cran-Apple Dressing

October 18, 2022

Cran-Apple Dressing isn’t your run-of-mill Cornbread Dressing. It’s packed with the flavors of cornbread, white bread, cranberries, apples, celery, onions, rich chicken broth, and herbs. This dressing is a kicked-up fun version of grandma’s that even the children will enjoy for Sunday dinner or the holiday.

The holidays are coming, and so are the dressing and stuffing recipes. This is the time of year for making sure your cornbread dressing stands out in the crowd of dressing/stuffings. This recipe is one that I enjoy serving during the fall for Sunday dinners or Thanksgiving.

 

Cran-Apple DressingHomemade dressing is simple and easy to make. However, there are a few things you can do that could ruin a perfect Holiday dressing. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when you’re making dressing from scratch. Below are three great tips to keep you from ruining your dressing.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRESSING AND STUFFING?

According to most Chefs, cookbooks, and dictionaries, stuffing is a mixture used to stuff another food, traditionally poultry, before cooking. In contrast, dressing is cooked in a pan outside of the turkey cavity.

 

 

TIPS FOR THE PERFECT DRESSING

  • Don’t use fresh cornbread for cornbread dressing. The crumbled or cubed cornbread should feel slightly dry to the touch. The cubes shouldn’t be too firm or feel like salad croutons or pieces of gravel. The point of stale bread is to ensure that it doesn’t dissolve and lose all texture in the broth.

  • Use the Right Amount of Liquid. For Cornbread dressing on the drier side, add enough warm broth to the uncooked dressing mixture to moisten the ingredients, but not to the point that there is liquid in the bottom of the casserole dish. If you prefer moist dressing, add a little more hot broth in small amounts.

  • Use Enough butter. Cornbread Dressing shouldn’t be greasy, but if it doesn’t have enough butter, it can taste dry no matter the amount of liquid used in the recipe.

 

 

Cran-Apple Dressing

 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR CRAN-APPLE DRESSING

  • Six cups dried Cornbread cubes.

  • Four cups dried White bread cubes.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced 

  • Two cups diced celery

  • One and 1/3 cups chopped yellow onion.

  • Kosher Salt to your taste.

  • Two large gala apples, cored and chopped.

  • One cup of dried cranberries

  • Three Tablespoons of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided.

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage

  • Two cups of low-sodium chicken broth, +more if needed.

  • Homemade gravy or quality store brand (optional)

 

Cran-Apple Dressing

 

 

HOW TO MAKE CRAN-APPLE DRESSING

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Transfer the dried bread cubes to two baking sheets and spread them into an even layer. 

  2.  Rotate the baking sheets to opposite racks halfway through baking, about 30 minutes. 

  3. Remove the one baking rack from the oven and set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

  4. Melt the unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion, season lightly with Kosher salt, and saute until slightly softened, about 8 minutes. 

  5. Add the Gala apples and saute until they break down and soften slightly about 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat, then toss in cranberries,  parsley, thyme, and dried sage.

  6. Pour dried bread cubes into an extra-large mixing bowl. Pour the apple mixture over bread cubes, season lightly with kosher salt to taste, then evenly pour One cup of the chicken broth and combine the dressing mixture. 

  7. Slowly pour more broth as needed until the bread is thoroughly moistened.

  8. Spray a 13 by 8-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour the dressing mixture into the baking dish and gently spread it.

  9. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until warmed through and the top is golden brown, about 15 longer. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

 

 

 

Cran-Apple Dressing

Cran-Apple Dressing

hmccallum
Cran-Apple Dressing isn’t your run-of-mill Cornbread Dressing. It’s packed with the flavors of cornbread, white bread, cranberries, apples, celery, onions, rich chicken broth, and herbs.
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 581 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups cornbread cubes dried
  • 4 cups white bread cubes dried
  • ½ cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 2 cups celery diced or sliced
  • 1⅓ cups onion chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 large gala apples cored and chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped and divided
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • 2 cups chicken broth + more if needed
  • 1 cup Homemade gravy or store-bought to add to stuffing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Transfer the dried bread cubes to two baking sheets and spread them into an even layer. 
  • Rotate the baking sheets to opposite racks halfway through baking, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the one baking rack from the oven and set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Melt the unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion, season lightly with Kosher salt, and saute until slightly softened about 8 minutes. 
  • Add the Gala apples and saute until they break down and soften slightly about 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and toss in cranberries, parsley, thyme, and dried sage.
  • Pour dried bread cubes into an extra-large mixing bowl. Pour the apple mixture over bread cubes, season lightly with kosher salt to taste, then evenly pour One cup of the chicken broth and combine the dressing mixture. 
  • Slowly pour more chicken broth as needed until the bread is thoroughly moistened.
  • Spray a 13 by 8-inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour the dressing mixture into the baking dish and gently spread it.
  • Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until warmed through and the top is golden brown, about 15 longer. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and add a little gravy if desired.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 581kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 11gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1049mgPotassium: 316mgFiber: 6gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 646IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 204mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Dinner, Dressing, Stuffing
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Ksenia
    October 23, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    This was a the perfect dressing to serve with Turkey for a special take. I loved it!

  • Reply
    Debbie
    October 23, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    This Cran-Apple dressing is amazing. I love the touch of sweetness the apples added and the tartness from the dried cranberries was the perfect contrast. We served this with a roasted chicken but I will be making this for Thanksgiving.

  • Reply
    Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
    October 23, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Great tips and suggestions, will be making this again for our Holiday dinner.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    October 23, 2022 at 5:57 am

    I had never had cornbread dressing until I made your recipe, as it’s not a traditional European dish. But it was so good. I want to try it out for our Christmas lunch again.

  • Reply
    Amanda Mason
    October 22, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    So good! Loved the flavor and was easy to make! This recipe is going to make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table this year!

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