Apple Walnut Stuffing

A classic rich dressing is the perfect addition to the holiday table. This GlutenFree recipe is right for everyone!

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Apple Walnut Stuffing

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 tart green apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 oz bulk turkey sausage
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried sage
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey


Origins of Stuffing

The first recorded account of stuffing comes from a collection of Roman recipes from the first century. Since then, many variations of the dish have been spread across the world, now known as a popular part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. There are no records of stuffing being a part of the first Thanksgiving; however, it started becoming a popular menu item in the 1800s. Now, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without a side of the hearty and savory side-dish. With variations that change from family to family, stuffing is a very easy dish to customize to your taste! 

Quick and Easy Stuffing

Holiday cooking is rewarding, but it does not come without the stress and time spent in the kitchen. While many stuffings take lots of time to prep and take up valuable oven space, this recipe uses Success® Brown Rice and one skillet to accomplish. Because there is no bread, this recipe can be made the night before and reheated in the oven for the big meal without worry of it being soggy! 

This recipe is perfect to make for the family members at the holiday table who are Gluten Free, as typically stuffing contains bread! To make this recipe Vegan, use plant-based meat crumbles and vegetable stock instead to satisfy all the dietary needs of everyone! 

This recipe calls for the addition of salt, pepper and dried sage. For bolder flavor, add fresh rosemary, thyme and coriander for that extra oomph. Top with sprigs before serving for aesthetic. 

Stuffing Vs. Dressing

Though their ingredients are very similar, the difference between stuffing and dressing is key! Stuffing refers to a dish made to stuff something else, like a turkey! While on the other hand, dressing is a dish made on the side and is not intended to be put into your bird. Either way, both of these traditional dishes are delicious!

Need more Recipes to Impress?

For another delicious sharable side that is perfect for a dinner party, check out this Beet, Kale and Jasmine Rice Salad with Cider Dressing! It’s easy, tangy, and full of perfectly balanced flavor that will impress your guests. 

Bringing the desert to the party? Try out this Cran-Raspberry Quinoa Rice Pudding Trifle for a fruity and fresh sweet treat.

If you’re craving a more plant-based dish, learn how to make this Vegan Meatloaf Recipe.

  • Complete your Thanksgiving spread with this hearty stuffing made with tangy apple, aromatic herbs and hearty Success® Brown Rice, perfect to share with the whole family.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Combine apple and lemon juice in a large bowl; mix lightly. Set aside.

    Step 3

  • Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.

    Step 4

  • Crumble sausage into prepared skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned, stirring occasionally.

    Step 5

  • Add onions, celery, walnuts and raisins; cook until crisp-tender.

    Step 6

  • Add apple mixture and ingredients.

    Step 7

  • Add rice, broth, and honey; heat thoroughly, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed.