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Make Ahead Sage Apple Stuffing

Make ahead sage apple stuffing- do the bulk of the prep work the day before you serve this delicious Thanksgiving stuffing recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 229kcal


  • 10 cups good quality white bread (cut into 1 inch pieces; see *)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups celery (sliced)
  • 2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 2 granny smith apples (chopped; skin on)
  • ¼ cup sage leaves (chopped; loosely packed)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock (I use reduced sodium)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt


The day before you serve

  • Dry out the bread: Either cut it up and let it sit out the day before you assemble your stuffing, or toast in the oven at 250°F for 40 minutes.
  • Melt butter in a large pan. Add the celery, onion, apples, sage and rosemary, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until softened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Grease a large, deep casserole or baking dish (at least 9 x 13 and 2 inches deep).
  • Beat together the eggs, then mix in the chicken stock and salt in the bottom of a large bowl. Toss the bread cubes and apple/celery mixture in the egg mixture. Scoop everything into the casserole/baking dish.
  • Cover with foil or a reusable silicone cover, and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool uncovered. 
  • Cover and store in the fridge overnight.

The day you serve

  • Bake uncovered in the oven at 350°F for 45 minutes- 1 hour, until stuffing is crispy and golden on the top.


Recipe adapted from Epicurious
* Use a good quality loaf of bread from the bakery department of your grocery store. French bread works well!


Serving: 1/10 of batch | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2.1mg