Caramelized Onion & Apple Stuffing


Caramelized onions are a sweet and savory addition to this healthy stuffing recipe. Choose an apple that becomes tender yet holds its shape when cooked—try Jonagold or Cortland.

Caramelized Onion & Apple Stuffing
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
12 servings


Caramelized Onions

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 cups halved and thinly sliced yellow onions (2-3 large)

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup red wine

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar


  • 8 cups cubed rustic multigrain bread (1/2 inch; about 1 pound)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cups diced celery

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 2 medium red apples, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth


  1. To prepare onions: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions, 2 teaspoons thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally and reducing heat if necessary, until the onions are deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes more. Add vinegar, increase heat to high and cook, scraping up the browned bits, until the vinegar evaporates, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. To prepare stuffing: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. Toss bread with oil and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until crispy, about 15 minutes. Add to the bowl with the onions.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees .

  5. Heat butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add celery and diced onion; cook, stirring, until the onion starts to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add apples, sage, thyme and salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples start to soften, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the onions and bread. Add broth and gently stir until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crispy, about 15 minutes more.


To make ahead: Refrigerate caramelized onions (Step 1) for up to 1 week. Prepare stuffing (Steps 2-5) and refrigerate for up to 1 day; let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

230 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 3/4 cup each
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 7g 13%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 186IU 4%
Vitamin C 7mg 7%
Folate 45mcg 11%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 278mg 6%

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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