Wild Rice Stuffing with Apple & Sausage


This amazing wild-rice stuffing recipe is bursting with fall flavors, including rye bread, sausage, apples, dried cherries, pecans and fresh herbs.

Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
14 servings, 1 cup each


  • 1 ¼ cups wild rice (8 ounces)

  • 4 cups cubed Jewish rye bread (1/2-inch cubes), preferably day-old

  • 1 pound sweet turkey sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only

  • 2 tart apples, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken or turkey broth

  • 1 cup dried cherries

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh marjoram

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  2. Place rice in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover by about 1 1/2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 1 hour. (Or prepare according to package directions.) Drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, spread bread on a baking sheet; bake, stirring once halfway through, until dry and crisp, about 25 minutes.

  4. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees . Coat a 3- to 4-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  5. About 15 minutes before the rice is done, cook sausage and leeks in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add apples and celery; cook for 3 minutes more.

  6. Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl. Add the rice and bread, then stir in broth, cherries, pecans, marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and cover tightly with foil.

  7. Bake the stuffing for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until the top is browned, 15 to 20 minutes more.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rice (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; toast bread (Step 3), cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
9g Fat
40g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Vitamin A 630IU 13%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 70mcg 17%
Sodium 510mg 22%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 339mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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