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Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, & Sage

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We are not traveling this year because of our new bundle of joy. Instead, Josh’s family is coming to us. We will be cooking up a feast in our own kitchen. On Sunday, we tested a few Thanksgiving recipes to make sure they were good enough for the big day. We made a Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, and Sage that passed with flying colors. This is my new favorite stuffing recipe and will be making an appearance at our Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

The stuffing is made with crusty sourdough bread. I usually don’t like stuffing because I don’t like the “mushy” texture, but this stuffing is not mushy at all. The sourdough bread softens and is moist, but keeps a nice texture. The onion, celery, cremini mushrooms, Granny Smith apples, and fresh sage add great flavor. I love the slight sweetness the apples add to the stuffing. Josh, who usually prefers sausage stuffing, said this vegetarian stuffing was his new favorite recipe. Yay! I am glad we both loved it.

We baked the stuffing in the oven, but you can go the traditional route and “stuff your bird” with this stuffing. If you are still deciding on which stuffing recipe to serve up this Thanksgiving, look no further. This Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, and Sage is the perfect side dish to serve at your holiday meal.

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Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, & Sage

Yield: Serves 8-10

Cook Time: 45 minutes


1 loaf crusty sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 11 cups)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, diced
4 ribs celery, chopped
3 cups fresh cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
2 large eggs
1/3 cup chopped fresh sage leaves
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Evenly spread bread cubes out on two baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until bread is dried but not browned. Transfer bread cubes to a large bowl.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, mushrooms, and apples. Cook until vegetables and apples are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the mixture to the bread and stir to combine.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth and two eggs. Pour the broth mixture over the bread and stir to combine. Make sure all of the bread cubes are well coated with the liquid. Season with sage, salt, and pepper and stir well.

4. Pour stuffing into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the stuffing is lightly browned and crisp on top. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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105 Responses to “Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, & Sage”

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  1. Rosa — November 9, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    Surely extremely tasty and enjoyable!



  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 9, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    It looks awesome, Maria! It will be a hit on Thanksgiving, for sure!

  3. Kathryn — November 9, 2011 @ 4:30 am

    My mother makes a similar version at Christmas with the addition of sausage meat – it’s delicious! I’m sure this will be very popular at Thanksgiving!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — November 9, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    oh man… i love EVERYTHING about this stuffing. especially the mushrooms and sage!

  5. Erica — November 9, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Crunchy stuffing?? Im in! Yum. We are traveling with k for the first time soon-nervous

  6. Becki's Whole Life — November 9, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    I love that this is baked in a casserole dish because you get lots of crunch in the stuffing. I also love the savory sweet flavors in here and in my opinion you can’t have a good stuffing without some sage – yum!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 9, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    This sounds so freaking yummy! Love how you added apples.

  8. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 9, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    I could eat this whole pan. Seriously. Looks great!

  9. Kelly — November 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    This recipe looks incredible. Stuffing is my absolute favorite side dish and I love the idea of using sourdough bread! Good luck on your Thanksgiving at home with your new baby :)

  10. Blog is the New Black — November 9, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Love love love sage!

  11. Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — November 9, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    My mom always uses sage as the main seasoning for her turkeys so this stuffing could be the thing that ties it all together. We’ll be celebrating with her this year so I’ll run it by her. She doesn’t much care for the sweet (apple) taste in things that are savory but maybe I can convince her. Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Sally — November 9, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    This looks like such a good combo of flavor and textures. To me, Thanksgiving is all about the stuffing!

  13. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — November 9, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    What a great combination of flavors! And, your photos are just beautiful, too.

  14. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — November 9, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I always make at least two stuffings for Thanksgiving, and one of them always has apple. Great recipe.

  15. Elle — November 9, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    this looks wonderful! Stuffing is my favorite side dish–it’s nice to have a variety of recipes to try out.

  16. Cookbook Queen — November 9, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    This is my kind of stuffing!! Love that you added mushrooms, they’re my favorite!!

  17. DessertForTwo — November 9, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Lovely vegetarian stuffing recipe!

  18. Kelley — November 9, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I love stuffing with mushrooms but have yet to try it with apples. I bet the sourdough was the perfect choice for this! So nice Josh’s family will be here this year!

  19. Angela @ The Dancer Bakes — November 9, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    This looks absolutely delightful! We’re gradually experimenting with new spins on old family traditions at our thanksgiving, and this one may have to go on the list!

  20. Lauren — November 9, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Congratulations on being featured! How fun!

  21. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — November 9, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Love sourdough. I may have to make this discretely before Thanksgiving to see if it gets the nod of approval from the powers that be. We usually do a sausage stuffing, which always seems to surprise people I talk to. I bet I could incorporate into this easily.

  22. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — November 9, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Sourdough bread in stuffing sounds great! I love a good crunch on a stuffing too, and I bet the crustiness of the bread is perfect for that.

  23. Becky O — November 9, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    This stuffing looks wonderful. I have never had mushrooms in stuffing before. :) Your in-laws are in for a great meal.

  24. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 9, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This looks like the perfect for Thanksgiving. I’m looking for new ideas and always in charge of the dressing. Hope your feeling well! xoxoox

  25. brandi — November 9, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    I love stuffing when it has apples – it’s the best!

  26. Annalise — November 9, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Yum! This stuffing looks fantastic, maybe this I’m going to have to break away from my standard recipe. Love the sound of sage and mushrooms together.

  27. Ashley — November 9, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Stuffing is my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner and this one looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Tracy — November 9, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    This stuffing sounds perfect! I’ll have to bake up some sourdough bread just so that I can make this. Yum!

  29. Cookin' Canuck — November 9, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Stuffing is always my favorite part of the meal. I wish I could sneak in those mushrooms, but they would be immediately detected by my husband. I’ll just have to make this for myself.

  30. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 9, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Looks really, really good and I’m going to give it a try! But you know I’ll be serving up a traditional Southern dressing for Thanksgiving :-)

  31. Joanne — November 9, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I definitely need a good vegetarian stuffing recipe that will also satisfy the masses this year and I am SO giving this a try! I love the hint of sweet with the apples.

  32. jess☆ — November 9, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    I agree with the no mushy stuffing thing! But sourdough bread does get beautifully crispy, love the addition of the sage, my favourite!

  33. I’m with you on the mushy texture, it’s usually the reason why I don’t like stuffing either.

  34. Looks fabulous! I love stuffing and throwing apples is perfect! Everyone thinks I’m crazy because I throw apples in a lot of my dishes. I love apples and onions together, the combo of those two are Muah!!!

  35. Cathy @ Savory Notes — November 9, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I think I’m going to make this even on days that aren’t Thanksgiving 😉

  36. Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 9, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    i’ve recently fallen in love with sourdough and this is most DEFINITELY making an appearance at thanksgiving…if not beforehand 😉

  37. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — November 9, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Oh I wish so badly I could take a fork and dive into this right now – looks AMAZING!!

  38. Nisrine M. — November 9, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I love sourdough bread and I bet it tastes amazing in stuffing.

  39. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 9, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    This looks absolutely lovely… I get bored with the “same old stuffing” each year, but this looks fabulous and full of flavor!

  40. Tracey — November 9, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    Oh yum, I want to come to Thanksgiving at your house this year!

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