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leek & cranberry stuffing

Leek & Cranberry Stuffing


I can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us! With Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away and Christmas close behind I know that there are lots of holiday meals and family gatherings being planned.

There are some recipes that just say holiday to me, and one of those is definitely stuffing. I love stuffing so much, but unfortunately, my husband does not feel the same way. Insert sad face here.

Since the holidays are pretty much the only time I get my favorite side dish all year, you can bet I always volunteer to make it for any family dinner. That way I can make sure that I’ll have it the way that I like it–with leeks.

Leeks are one of my favorite vegetables and I add them to any recipe I can; they just add so much flavor to any standard dish! If you’ve always been a simple, box-mix kind of stuffing chef, don’t feel overwhelmed. It is actually really easy to make delicious stuffing from scratch and this recipe is a great place to start. The dried cranberries in this recipe provide the perfect amount of sweet tang. You can also add diced apples to this stuffing to mix it up even more.

4.84 from 6 votes
Leek & Cranberry Stuffing
Leek & Cranberry Stuffing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
An simple and delicious twist on a traditional stuffing recipe.
Author: Justine Young
  • 12 oz . of stuffing or bread cubes
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 chopped red onion optional
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet and add in leeks (and onion, if using). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft.
  2. Pour over stuffing in a large bowl, stir in chicken broth. Add in dried cranberries.
  3. Grease a 9x13" baking dish and fill with stuffing. Cover with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350°, then uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Notes
You may also opt to stuff your turkey. Just fill the turkey cavity with stuffing and bake your turkey according to directions.
What is your favorite holiday recipe? What do you have to have or else it doesn’t feel like a holiday dinner?


Leek & Cranberry Stuffing


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22 Responses to leek & cranberry stuffing

  1. Magically Megan November 8, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    This sounds super interesting as I’ve never had leeks, I love adding cranberries to stuffing, and anything I can for the holidays!

  2. Natalie November 8, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    This sounds amazing! Thanks for the fun recipe and stellar photos!

  3. Peepee November 8, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    This looks really good! I love anything cranberry, so I think I’ll have to give it a try!

  4. Mary Leigh November 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    This looks like something we could try! If I’m honest, I don’t actually know if I’ve ever even had leeks – now I want to try them!

  5. Bethany November 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    YUMMY! This looks amazing!

  6. michaela daisy November 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    So, I am usually not a fan of stuffing- but this looks sooo good!

  7. Charissa | thenotsobusymom November 9, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    This sounds like a tasty twist on a classic! I am a stuffing fan, and your recipe looks great!!

  8. Mary | The Mom Friend November 9, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    YUM! I have literally never cooked with leeks, but this makes me want to!

  9. Marquita@lovethelaniers November 9, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    I love leeks but have never tried them in stuffing…until THIS year! 😉 This looks great, thanks so much!

  10. Dani November 9, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    This is a stuffing recipe that actually looks super tasty.

  11. Christine November 9, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    I love stuffing. I usually am a traditional kind of girl but this looks good. I would like to try it.

  12. Joanna Clute November 9, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve never had a stuffing like this one before. Great change up from the usual! Sounds delish!

  13. Christine November 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    This sounds like a delicious combination! I might have to add this to the menu this Thanksgiving!

  14. Marla | Because I Said So Baby November 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    I like how this recipe only uses a few simple ingredients!!

  15. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins November 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    That looks so good! (minus the onions) My husband isn’t a stuffing lover either so pretty much the only time I eat it is at Thanksgiving. I have to admit that I’ve never had leeks in anything ever so I don’t even know what they taste like!

  16. Lindsey November 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    I’m not normally a leek person but this looks amazing!!

  17. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side November 13, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    This looks great! When my son was first eating food, leeks was one of the first foods he would eat…everything else he hated, totally random I know!

  18. Ashley Newell November 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    Mmm cranberry! That sounds like a great tart addition to stuffing!

  19. Whitney November 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    I love stuffing! Can you believe Ive never eaten leeks before? Are they similar to onions? Im at a loss lol

    • Justine @ Little Dove November 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      Yes! They’re part of the onion family but for some reason they just make everything better. 🙂

  20. Jennifer November 16, 2017 at 4:22 am #

    I’m making this for Thanksgiving will let you know how it turns out, Thanks for the recipe!

  21. kelly November 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. Yum

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