Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing
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With any celebration over the holidays be it Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving I love a great Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing. For me, the goodness of a fantastic wheat bread can’t be beaten.
It is wholesome and packed with wonderful nutrients. Adding in fruits, vegetables and nuts make it even more delicious. Keeping it simple without meat makes sure that more people can enjoy it. I love a big casserole of stuffing on its own but also like to stuff some in the turkey. Can’t get enough of that scrumptious bread stuffing in my holidays!!
Choose a whole wheat bread that has some additions to it like sunflower seeds so that you just add in even more flavor! I love having stuffing even with a chicken. The kids devour it and are always happy to see a big casserole of stuffing on the table!!
Stuffing is easy to make as all you have to do is grab a delicious whole wheat loaf of bread, chop up some veggies, add in a few nuts and cranberries and then moisten it with vegetable stock, chicken stock or a combination with wine!
Wheat, Can you Tell Me About it?
Wheat has been giving us nutrition since almost the dawn of time. The first harvested wheat was 23,000 years ago. Repeated harvesting and sowing of wheat led us to domestication. Wheat harvesting continued and became more widespread reaching the British Isles and Scandinavia by 3,000 BC and even China after another thousand years. At a later date, Egyptians were making bread and developing ovens.
Skip ahead to today and wheat is grown on more land than any other crop and its demand is growing constantly. Wheat is a very versatile ingredient that can be used from breakfast to dessert. Think of how many, many dishes contain life’s simple ingredient, wheat.
Crunchy, moist, flavorful and healthy is this wonderful stuffing. You will want a second helping of this stuffing. Pass it around, everyone will!
Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing Recipe
Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing
Nothing better than a great stuffing and this Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing is so easy you can have it for supper tonight with chicken never mind waiting for the big turkey day!!
- 6 cups day old artisan whole wheat bread, cut up into 1" cubes
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (chicken stock can be used too)
- 1/2 cup white wine (omit if necessary and just add more stock)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
- 1 cup celery (about 2 stalks), chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Honey Crisp apples, chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
- Freshly ground pepper
- Cooking spray for dish
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an oval 11" dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat broth in the microwave until just hot and soak cranberries for 30 min. (I love to do this with raisins also to plump them up before using just using water).
- In a small saute pan melt the butter and cook the onions and celery until the onions are translucent. About 5 min.
- Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and then add the onions, celery, cranberries, pistachio nuts, apples, salt, poultry seasoning, pepper, stock and wine if using.
- Mix together well and place in prepared dish. Bake for 30-40 min. or until apples are tender and the bread is starting to toast slightly.
Comments & Reviews
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Tara, this looks absolutely scrumptious- The bread in stuffing can totally make or break the dish!
Perfect for holiday entertaining! I always enjoy a good stuffing!
Lori Vachon says
What a lovely combination of flavors, I cannot wait to try this recipe!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
This looks absolutely heavenly! I just love the texture of that bread! Can’t wait to make it!
Jessica Formicola says
I was looking for a new stuffing recipe to use at Christmas. I love the cranberries, totally using this one!
mary evans says
Oh my word! The combo of the cranberries and the apples is making my mouth water! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds so delicious
Janette | Culinary Ginger says
This has all the goodies and flavors you want in a good stuffing and since it’s wheat bread, we can eat more, right? 🙂
Tara Noland says
You got that right!! It is a healthy stuffing!
That looks so good! I love this healthier take using whole wheat instead of white, and cranberry is THE holiday flavor.
Now this looks like something that we would love. It’s got a healthier side to it but it still stuffy and honestly who doesn’t like stuffing?! LOL
I’ve never tried stuffing like this before- with fruit and stuff. This looks tasty though!
This looks so good. I love apples and cranberries together.
Liz Mays says
The sweetness in this stuffing must be so tasty! I love this idea. Definitely a good change of pace.
Cyn Gagen says
That sounds really scrumptious. It’s similar to my daughter’s stuffing (which is delish!) but I think I’d like to give your version a try.
Claudia Krusch says
I have been looking for healthier recipes to make for the holidays. I will have to give this Whole Wheat Apple Cranberry Stuffing recipe a try. It looks so delicious.
I love using whole wheat products in our cooking and baking. It’s such an easy and healthy way to add so,e extra nutrition.
Dawn McAlexander says
I m not sure that I have ever had whole wheat stuffing before. This sounds really good and healthier than the alternative.
What a delicious-sounding combination of ingredients. I love the whole wheat twist with this recipe – pinning to try later!
Lisa Favre says
Why didn’t I ever think of whole wheat stuffing?! This is totally something my nutritionist would give a double thumbs up to.
Vanessa Delia says
I’ve never had a whole wheat stuffing before. It sounds absolutely delicious! I love the idea of apple and cranberries being included as well.
katrina gehman says
that looks so good. i’m so hungry right now and could have a huge bowl of this.
Great stuffing option! Will add this to the menu for this year.
Tara Noland says
Wish I could celebrate it with you!! Enjoy!!