Thursday, November 18, 2021

Harvest Lane Cottage Holidays German Apple Stuffing

My momma always made sage dressing.  When I got married, wanting to begin a tradition of my own, I decided to do something different.  Somewhere I found a recipe for German Apple Stuffing. It became my husband’s favorite stuffing.  I am embarrassed to say that my children prefer Stove Top stuffing. Gasp! I finally decided to make a box or two for them since it's what they like, and it is a holiday! I just make a smaller batch of stuffing for Lowell and me. I always think I’m going to go back and make the Mom's sage dressing sometime, but I always make this! I hope you enjoy this stuffing like I do. 
Happy Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas!
Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage

German Apple Stuffing
1 lb loaf white bread in 1/2″ cubes
1/3 cup butter
1 medium chopped onion
1/2 c chopped celery
1/4 c chopped celery leaves
2 T chopped parsley
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten slightly
2 medium Red Delicious or Gala Apples, pared and chopped
1/4-1/2 cup raisins
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 6 cup baking dish. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until dry and toasted, about 5 minutes. I sometimes just have the kids toast the bread in the toaster and tear it up small for me instead. 
2.  Transfer bread into large bowl. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. 
3.  Melt butter in saucepan  Stir in onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook 3 minutes. 
4.  Pour over bread and stir. Add milk and eggs. Stir to moisten. Gently stir in the raisins and apples. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.
5.  Bake one hour. Remove foil half way through baking.


  1. There would be a revolt here if I made anything but the sage stuffing my Mom made! My husband was raised on cornbread dressing and he won't even touch it now. But, no on the Stove Top for a holiday although I don't mind it for a side dish occasionally on any old day. Isn't it funny how everyone has their opinion about stuffing? The most awful thing I ever had to eat on Thanksgiving was gravy that my late MIL made. I had no idea that some people put the giblets in their gravy until she poured a big ole ladle of it over my food and I had pieces of giblets all over my plate. I was wise to her gravy after that and never ate it or was very careful to just skim a bit off the top so I avoided what she referred to as the good stuff!

  2. I always make sage dressing as well. I wanted to change things up a bit this year, but my husband will not budge. I wish he had to do all the work that comes with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, corn, green beans, rolls, baked beans, dressing, pumpkin pies, banana cream pie, Hershey pie, cranberry salad, and a relish tray. UGH!

    1. Carol,
      One good thing that came from surgeries in Octobers and Novembers the last few years is that my kids and husband learned to make their favorite dishes. It's much easier to do a little cooking and a lot of coordinating!

  3. This sounds good. I always make hubs a small batch of his own oyster stuffing as no one else likes it!

    1. Oh, that doesn't sound good 😕. Happy Thanksgiving 🍁!

  4. Yours looks delicious! I’ve never met a dressing I didn’t like, including Stove Top! 🥰


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