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Nov 03

Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing

Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing

There’s nothing like warm, savory Thanksgiving-style comfort food to get you in the mood for Fall. This homemade Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing is full of flavor and is a delicious lighter alternative to traditional buttery sausage stuffing. This recipe would make a fantastic side dish at your Thanksgiving meal or double the servings and eat it as a main dish!

Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing


Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing

Yield: 18 (1/2 cup) servings


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 loaf (16 oz) light wheat bread, day old & cut into bite sized squares (I used a loaf of Weight Watchers brand wheat bread and very lightly toasted it before use)
  • 1 large tart apple, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the turkey, mushrooms, celery, onion, fennel seed, cayenne and nutmeg until the turkey is broken up and cooked through and the vegetables have softened. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Drain if necessary.
  3. Pour the turkey mixture into a very large bowl and add the bread, apple, sage, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and chicken broth. Pour over the bread mixture in the large bowl and stir to coat and combine.
  4. Pour the combined stuffing mixture from the bowl into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly across the top and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until top is browned.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1/2 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 3 SmartPoints/ Blue: 2 SmartPoints/ Purple: 2 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
123 calories, 14 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 11 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from Taste of Home

6 comments on “Turkey Apple Pecan Stuffing”

  1. What does “day old” mean?

  2. Made this yesterday without the celery (just not a big fan of celery). It’s delicious! I’m training for a race, so even though it’s meant to be a side, I’m eating it as a main to get in a few extra carbs. Yum!

  3. “day old” means leave the bread out overnight so it can be a little hard or use older bread, not fresh soft bread…..

  4. Would you be able to put this in a slow cooker in tin foil instead of the oven?

  5. Can this recipe be made gluten-free?

    • I’m sorry, I have never tried that! I do not have a lot of experience with gluten free specific adaptations.

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