How to Make Fruit and Nut Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Excellent for holidays or family gatherings, Fruit and Nuts Cornbread Sausage Stuffing is easy to make and very tasty. A classic cornbread stuffing with a modern twist of nuts and fruits. Simple yet memorable dish.

Fruit and Nuts Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Sausage, celery, apricots and cornbread: together, these ingredients form an appetizing stuffing. This savory, fruity topping is not only tasty, it's chock full of vitamins and protein. It's a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cornbread Stuffing, Fruit and Nuts, Sausage Stuffing, Stuffing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 332 kcal
Author Kristl Story


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried apricots diced
  • 2 cups celery chopped
  • 1 pound turkey sausage crumbled
  • 3 cups cornbread crumbled
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup pecans hazelnuts or slivered almonds, chopped and lightly toasted


  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter, then the chopped onions. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions become tender.
  2. Add the celery and apricots. Cook for another 8 minutes or until celery becomes tender.
  3. Take the mixture from the pan and put into a mixing bowl. Place the leftover butter in the saucepan and wait until it melts.
  4. Brown the sausage in the melted butter for about 8 minutes. Add the sausage to the first mixture.
  5. Add cornbread as well as a dash of spices: parsley, pepper, and thyme.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth and toss until cornbread is moist.
  7. Add the toasted nuts and mix well.
  8. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a baking dish and coat it with non-stick cooking spray.
  9. Transfer the mixture into the baking dish, then cover it with aluminum foil.
  10. Place the stuffing into the preheated oven. Wait for 35 minutes or up until the mixture is hot enough.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information Serving size: ½ cup:
  • Calories: 332 
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g 
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g 
  • Sodium: 956 mg 
  • Fiber: 4 g 
  • Protein: 13 g



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