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Looking for a fun, new side dish for fall? Turn baked apples in to a savory side dish as they are stuffed with an easy sausage stuffing recipe for a delicious and gorgeous addition to dinner or even for Thanksgiving.

Baked apples are the perfect fall side dish recipe. This year skip the cinnamon and fill apples with an easy sausage stuffing recipe. These baked apples are the perfect side dish for dinner or Thanksgiving.

Stuffing is serious business in my family.  We have no less than four different stuffings at Thanksgiving. Everyone likes something different. I have a preference for a sausage stuffing recipe with apples.  This year I'm turning the tables a little and putting the sausage stuffing in the apples!

I almost always start my stuffing recipe with a box. I've made it from bread before and it's delicious but a box is a little quicker.  But I don't just use the box mix, I dress it up a little by adding my own touches.

The first thing I do is swap out the water for chicken broth.  This time I used Swanson's Unsalted Chicken Broth in place of the water. Swanson's broth adds more flavor to the stuffing than just water.

You won't need the entire box for this recipe so just screw on the cap and store it in the fridge for later use.

Aside from swapping broth for water, I also saute fresh onions and celery for the stuffing. A little sausage is the final touch to make a box mix taste amazing.

I would normally add apples and bake the entire thing in a dish. But this time, I stuffed the apples for a fun twist.

I used a combination of apples for color.  Start by slicing off the top of each apple. I didn't slice too far down. Just enough to take off the stem.

Next, use a spoon or a melon baller to remove the core of each apple.

Then scoop the stuffing mixture in to the apples and place in a baking dish.

To keep the stuffing from drying out while baking, drizzle a little more broth over the stuffing in each apple and add a little broth to the bottom of the baking dish.

I didn't cover the apples, but you could if you want to make sure the dressing stays moist.

Bake for about 30 minutes – less if you want firmer apples and more if you want them falling apart.  I loved how colorful these apples are as a side dish!

They are perfect for a weeknight dinner of baked chicken or on your Thanksgiving table.

Baked apples are the perfect fall side dish recipe. This year skip the cinnamon and fill apples with an easy sausage stuffing recipe. These baked apples are the perfect side dish for dinner or Thanksgiving.


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Savory Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing


  • 1 Tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 package sausage
  • 1 box stuffing mix
  • 1 1/4 cup Swanson's UNSALTED Chicken Broth (or the same amount of water called for on the instructions for the stuffing)
  • 6-12 apples such as Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious


  1. Heat the oil in a medium or large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the onion and the celery and cook until softened, abut 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage to the skillet and cook thoroughly making sure to break it up into crumbles. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together stuffing mix and sausage mixture. Add Swanson's chicken broth in the same amount as water is called for on the stuffing mix instructions. Mine called for 1 1/4 cups of water and I used 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth.
  4. Stir the mixture together so that the stuffing is soft and moist. Feel free to add a little more broth if needed. Set the mix aside.
  5. Prepare the apples:
  6. Slice the very top of the apples off.
  7. Use a spoon or a melon baller to carefully scoop out the entire core of the apple.
  8. Repeat this for every apple.
  9. Spoon stuffing in to the apples and place in a high sided baking dish.
  10. Once all the apples are stuffed and in the dish, carefully pour an additional 1/4-12 cup of broth over the apples. Add another 1/4 cup to the bottom of the dish.
  11. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the apples are softened but not falling apart. If you don't want the stuffing to brown, cover the dish while baking.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1763kcal Calories from fat 244
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 2635mg 110%
Carbohydrate 347g 116%
Dietary Fiber 44g 176%
Sugars 171g
Protein 32g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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29 comments on “Savory Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing Recipe

  1. Patti Soper on said:

    I am a vegetarian and will try this using veggie broth and vegan sausage. Bet it will be yummy!

  2. Jocelyn on said:

    Have you tried making these a day ahead and then just baking them off?

  3. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing your post with us, we have pinned it to our Featured Board. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  4. This looks like a great idea, something different which I think everyone would enjoy. I would imagine any type of homemade stuffing would work, whatever is a favorite. I’m going to try it this year! Thanks so much for the tip!

  5. Looks amazing! I made these years ago before food allergies, and I think this post has made me want to try again this year. I can use turkey sausage and gluten free cornbread! Pinning this post, thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this idea of baking an apple with stuffing. Although I am a vegetarian and gluten free and this recipe would not work for me- the idea works and I love it..

    • Hello just noticed your comment! You could try making these vegetarian using vegan butter in place of chicken broth and cornbread stuffing for gluten free. I use rice milk as a dairy substitute but you could try almond or soy depending on your tolerances I have made them without sausage and just used cornbread stuffing and they are still so good! Just an idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. This looks delicious! We just started the Whisk It Wednesday link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too! Thanks, Carrie

  8. These look delicious!!! pinning for later and also sharing in my Healthy Holiday Food Swaps group on fb <3

  9. These sound awesome – I love the idea of stuffing in apples! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party!

  10. These sound delicious! I’m going to have to give them a try!

  11. NorseArcher on said:

    Hi! I love those! What kind of sausage? Breakfast patty? Sweet Italian w casing removed? Pls help, thanks!

  12. What a wonderful recipe! Congrats Camille – you are one of our featured guests at this week’s Inspire Me Monday Party at Create With Joy! 🙂

  13. What a fun recipe! So glad you shared it!

    Thank you for linking up at our Home Matters Link Party!

    Have a lovely evening,

    Randi 🙂


  14. That looks really good. I didn’t know Swanson made unsalted chicken broth. Will have to look for it next time I go to the grocery store.

  15. This recipe sounds amazing! =) Wonderful combination of flavors!
    I need to try it soon.

  16. Why did I never think of this one before. Some people put apple in stuffing, why not put the stuffing in the apple? Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

  17. this is genius! I love sweet/savory, and this sounds like the perfect side. Thank you for sharing at the Share the Wealth Sunday party – we hope to see you again soon!

  18. These look fabulous! I just pinned this…YUM!!!

  19. These sound fantastic!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

  20. What a yummy twist on the normal dessert only!! I love this!! Pinning it to try this Thanksgiving! #HomeMattersParty

  21. Hey, Camille! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your Savory Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!!

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  22. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

  23. Love this idea of serving stuffing in an apple! My kids will love this! Visiting as a guest cohost from Turn It Up Tuesday!

  24. Now this is a recipe I can sink my teeth into for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner! I love the fresh take on serving a traditional dish that I think will wow our guests. Pinned to share and to refer back to because this is happening in our household ☺

    • I am tickled at how well they turned out! I just think it’s such a fun way to server stuffing. And, if like our house, you have several kinds, you could stuff each color with a different variation (just thought of that one!).