Cranberry Stuffing

Cranberry Stuffing

Looking to make something memorable for the holidays? This cranberry stuffing looks festive and is simple to do for any occasion – potlucks, dinners… 

The cranberries add a little tartness that will help balance out all of the other big flavors of a meal leaving you and your guest feeling completely satisfied.

Cranberry Stuffing

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday, side dish, stuffing
Servings: 1 casserole dish


  • 2 TBSP of Butter - divided
  • 1 Cup Onion, small diced
  • 1 Cup Celery, small diced
  • 1 tsp Thyme, dry
  • 1 Orange worth of zest
  • 1 TBSP Orange juince freshly squeezed
  • 2 Cups Cranberries, fresh
  • 4 Cups Chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 16 oz Seasoned breadcrumbs (or stuffing)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • In a pan, over medium heat, melt 1 TBSP of butter. Add in onions, celery and a pinch of salt. Cook until soft (but try not to add color), about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the thyme, orange zest and orange juice. Warning, it's going to start smelling delicious...
  • Add in cranberries.
  • Add in the chicken or vegetable stock. I usually buy low sodium/unsalted stock, but if you didn't no worries!  I will suggest that at the end, before it goes in the casserole dish, you may want to test-taste it to see if it's missing salt (or pepper).
  • Helpful hint - salt actually brings out the flavors of your ingredients so if it seems a little dull add a pinch or two of salt and you will taste the difference right away.
  • Stop to admire this festive picture (and the next one)
  • Cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to pop (you will hear a pop sound and see them start to split - see picture below), about 3- 5 minutes.
  • Take off the heat.  In a bowl, combine with your bread crumb/stuffing.
  • Combine the ingredients together, stirring carefully, try not to break the cranberries. You will break some, but try to keep as many as possible whole.
  • This is where you will want to taste test your mixture and add in salt (or pepper). Remember my advice on this above...if in doubt sprinkle a pinch of salt.
  • Add your stuffing mixture to your prepared casserole dish. And dot with the remaining 1 TBSP of butter.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.

Groceries Are Expensive These Days – What to do with leftover ingredients

If you have stuffing left overs you can use them in my cranberry stuffed pork tenderloin dish! 

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