A few fresh ingredients added to a simple box of cornbread stuffing mix makes this vibrant and flavorful Thanksgiving side dish.
Total Cost: $5.86 recipe / $0.73 serving
Servings: 81 cup each
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
12 oz.fresh cranberries$1.09
2TbspBaker's Corner Brown Sugar$0.08
4TbspCountryside Creamery Salted Butter$0.39
26 oz. boxesChef's Cupboard Cornbread Stuffing Mix$1.38
1/2cupSouthern Grove Pecan Halves$1.76**
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Core and dice the apples. Add the apples, cranberries, brown sugar, and salt to a large baking dish. Stir until the apples and cranberries are evenly coated in sugar. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Stir the apples and cranberries, return them to the oven and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst and appear wrinkled.
Meanwhile, dice the celery and onion. Add the butter, celery and onion to a large pot. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Chop the pecans.
Add 3 cups water to the pot with the celery and onion, place a lid on top, turn the heat up to high, and bring the water up to a boil. Once boiling, add the cornbread stuffing mix and stir briefly to combine. Turn off the heat, place the lid on top and let the stuffing rest for 5 minutes to absorb the liquid.
After the stuffing has rested, add the roasted apples and cranberries and chopped pecans. Fold them into the stuffing. Serve immediately, or transfer to a baking dish and bake for about 15 minutes at 350ºF to make the top crispy.
*Use a sweet-tart variety of apple, like Gala or Honeycrisp.**Prices may vary by store location.