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Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

These gluten free stuffing muffins are filled with sweet Italian sausage, apples, cranberries, sage and pine nuts for a fun alternative to traditional stuffing in the perfect portion size.

These gluten free stuffing muffins are filled with sweet Italian sausage, apples, cranberries, sage and pine nuts for a fun alternative to traditional stuffing!

Stuffing or dressing?

Please tell me you say the former.

Dressing is something you put on salad, not the Thanksgiving table.

It’s almost as bad as when people call pasta sauce “gravy” (cringe).

Stuffing is hands down the best part of Thanksgiving to me.

These gluten free stuffing muffins are a fun twist to the traditional Thanksgiving side.

Nothing else comes even remotely close.

If it was acceptable to just pile my mom’s stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce on my plate without any other sides or even the turkey, I’d be a happy camper.

In fact, I created this cornbread chestnut stuffing to mimic her recipe and I’d be just as happy with that on my plate too.

Sausage stuffing muffins are filled with cranberries, apples and pine nuts for a delicious bite perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

I have no idea where her recipe comes from, whether it’s been handed down or just something she made up but regardless, it’s epic.

The bread takes a backseat and instead the sweet Italian sausage, cranberries, pine nuts, apples and herbs shine.

It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory, super moist (dry stuffings are THE WORST) and the one thing that there’s usually no leftovers of when dinner is over (although if there are, these stuffing frittata bites are a hit the next day).

Stuffing muffins filled with sausage, cranberries and apples are a fun twist to traditional stuffing.

I wanted to take a lot of the elements from my mom’s recipe and shove them into muffin molds to create these perfectly portioned stuffing muffins.

Instead of buying those pre-made stuffing croutons, I made my own using Udi’s white sandwich bread, cutting slices into cubes and toasting them in the oven.

I’ve never been a fan of seasoned croutons (or breadcrumbs for that matter) and would much rather add my own seasonings and spices.

Try these perfectly portioned gluten free stuffing muffins this holiday.

So if you’re like me and could easily gorge yourself on stuffing alone, these sausage cranberry apple stuffing muffins might just be the answer to your overflowing Thanksgiving plate.

Plus, then you leave some room for other delicious sides like green beans with cranberries, bacon and goat cheese – another family favorite.

Sausage cranberry apple stuffing muffins are a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Or, you can just say heck with it, it’s Thanksgiving after all and eat half the muffin tin yourself.

No shame in that game either.

Love this Gluten-Free Stuffing Muffin recipe? Try these too:

Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry Bread Pudding

Gluten Free Peach Blueberry Buckle

Cranberry Mascarpone English Muffin Casserole.

Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

Sausage Cranberry Apple Stuffing Muffins

Yield: 10 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These gluten free stuffing muffins are filled with sweet Italian sausage, apples, cranberries, and sage for a fun alternative to traditional stuffing!


  • 5 slices Udi's white sandwich bread, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion (about 1 small)
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple (something on the tart side like Granny Smith works well)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sage
  • 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cubed bread on a baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Bake for about 10 minutes until crispy and starting to brown on edges. Remove and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the butter and remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
  5. Once butter is melted, add the celery and onion and cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
  6. Add the sausage, apple, sage and garlic and continue cooking until sausage is browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks with a spatula.
  7. Add the cranberries and pine nuts to the pan, toss to combine, cook another 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  8. Beat the eggs and milk together in a large bowl.
  9. Add the toasted bread cubes and sausage mixture to the bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss well until thoroughly combined. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  10. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon stuffing mixture into the muffin tins, packing the mixture in tightly in each mold.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown on top.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before using a sharp knife to loosen the edges and remove from the tins.
  13. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

Susan Ryan

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Can you think of a way to make these ahead of time? Bake and then freeze? Or or stop and freeze and bake off later? I just don't wanna make these on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you

Susan Ryan

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

@Gina Matsoukas, Thank you for the quick reply.

Gina Matsoukas

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hi Susan - Good question, I think you'd be ok to prep these ahead by prepping up until the point where the stuffing is in the muffin tin then wrap tightly, refrigerate and bake off later. I'd probably try this approach before baking and freezing. That said, I wouldn't do this too far in advance, maybe just a day or two at most.


Sunday 14th of November 2021

The perfect stuffing muffins! Everyone is going to love these at our holiday gathering!


Sunday 14th of November 2021

Gluten free stuffing can be so hard to find. I love that these are made in muffin tins, what a great idea, I can't believe I've never thought of that before! Delicious and the perfect accompaniment to roast dinners and for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.


Sunday 14th of November 2021

Oh wow, perfect holiday muffins packed with so many festive flavours - just gorgeous!

Claudia Lamascolo

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Perfect timing was just scrolling through the net for an excellant recipe and I found you! thanks

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