Sage Apple Stuffing: #78 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

During winter holidays when I was a kid, my Mom would make this stuffing to go with our roast turkey dinner. No matter how much stuffing she made, and how much was left over, there was never any thrown out – every scrap was thoroughly enjoyed. I’m glad I helped out in the kitchen growing up so I remember how to make it for our own holiday dinners now.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($3.50 total)

2 tbsp butter – $0.31
1 onion, chopped – $0.50
1 celery stick, chopped – $0.10
2 tbsp dried sage – $1.40
3 large apples, diced – $0.90
1/2 loaf each of leftover challah and honey wheat bread – free
Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften, stirring frequently. Then add the celery, sage, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, tear up your leftover bread into bite-sized chunks.

3. Add the apples to the onion mixture, then add everything into the bread bowl. Mix well to thoroughly combine, then pack it tightly into a glass 8×8″ baking dish greased with butter. Bake with your turkey or at 400F for 25 minutes covered in aluminum foil, followed by 20 minutes with no foil to crisp it up a bit. You can also stuff it into the turkey and bake it inside there. Stuffing keeps very well in the fridge and freezer as leftovers.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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