Recipe: Flavorful Herb and Apple Stuffing

An appealing addition to your holiday feast

This stuffing is a fabulous addition to any holiday meal — whether you bake it separately or use it to stuff the bird. The apple, onion, celery and sage will flavor your turkey beautifully.

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½ large yellow onion, chopped
2 red apples (not delicious), chopped into bite-sized squares and tossed with 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice to prevent browning
¾ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped fresh sage (or 2 ½ tablespoons dried sage)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ pound whole grain bread, such as 12-grain bread, cut into chunks (it’s best to cut bread into chunks and allow to stand uncovered overnight to dry out slightly)
½ to 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons regular bouillon granules
2 tablespoons very low sodium bouillon granules
1½ cups hot water


1. Combine onions, apples, breadcrumbs, celery, fresh sage, bread, poultry seasoning and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix together regular and low-sodium bouillon granules with hot water until well dissolved; pour over dressing mixture. Mix well until bread is evenly wet.
3. Bake separately in a dish, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Note: Plan to stuff the bird? Wash interior of turkey, then dry with paper towel. Stuff just before baking, and bake immediately. Follow baking directions for stuffed turkey, which requires extra time.

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Nutrition information

Makes 8 servings

Per serving (1/8 of recipe)
Calories: 107 (13% calories from fat)
Fat: 1.6g
Protein: 3g
Saturated fat: less than 0.5g
Carbohydrates: 22g
Fiber: 3g

Recipe developed by Kristine Napier, MPH, RD, LD. Reprinted with permission from

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