Side Dish | December 20, 2017

Cranberry Almond Dressing {Semi-Homemade Stuffing}

Semi-homemade Cranberry Almond Stuffing will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving dinner. Using store bought stuffing mix, but amped up with almonds, cranberry, and apple for a gourmet flavor.

stuffing in white dish with cranberries sprinkled around it

This Cranberry Almond Stuffing is how my Mom does stuffing.  Stuffing is my favorite side dish at a holiday meal.  I love the savory flavors, and the moist yet firm texture.  The ingredients that my mom includes in the dressing make it extra special and different than your run of the mill stove top stuffing.

How To Make Cranberry Almond Stuffing

This recipe uses boxed stuffing, so it is semi-homemade, but just as tasty as the real deal.  The made from scratch stuffing recipe on this blog is AMAZING and results in a perfectly moist, but firm texture – so if you want to use that recipe as your base rather than a stuffing mix it would be delicious and impressive.

Step 1: I start by chopping the fresh ingredients.

  • Apple
  • Onion
  • Celery

Cranberry Almond Dressing ingredients in pot

Step 2: Add them to a large pot with a little butter and sauté until tender.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • stuffing mix
  • broth
  • dried cranberries
  • almond
Step 3: Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  Of course you can stuff this inside of your bird if you prefer.

close up of stuffing

Focus Your Efforts Where It Counts

I love using this semi-homemade recipe during a big meal like Thanksgiving dinner because it allows me to focus more of my efforts on pie and turkey.

stuffing overhead shot, cranberries scattered around

This is also a great addition to your weekday chicken dinner.

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Cranberry Almond Dressing
Cranberry Almond Dressing {Semi-Homemade Stuffing}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

You'll love using this semi-homemade recipe during a big meal like Thanksgiving dinner because it'll allow you to focus more of your efforts on pie and turkey.

Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry almond dressing, cranberry stuffing, stuffing for Thanksgiving
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 32 oz chicken broth *sub vegetable broth for vegetarian
  • 16-32 oz water depending on how moist you like your stuffing
  • 4 celery stocks diced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 14 oz boxes herb stuffing mix
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  • 1 apple diced or shredded
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Saute onions, apples and celery in butter until tender in a large pot.
  2. Turn off heat, add almonds, cranberries, apple, stuffing mix, and salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in chicken broth.
  4. Transfer to a greased 9x13 casserole dish and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Can be stuffing inside of a turkey if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Almond Dressing {Semi-Homemade Stuffing}
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 1005mg44%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

stuffing with sign next to it that reads, "Me trying to sleep in the winter- heat on, fan blowing, window cracked, 13 blankets, & one foot out"




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