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Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing

This Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing recipe is a festive and delicious side dish perfect for Thanksgiving! Prepared with sweet potatoes, fresh cranberries, and bread cubes, you’ll love this flavorful side dish.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing in a skillet.


Sweet potatoes and cranberries add an incredible flavor and beautiful festive colors to this delectable Thanksgiving stuffing. OR dressing!! Since it’s outside the bird, I guess it’s considered a dressing, right? 

However, before we begin to discuss this stuffing and/or Turkey stuffing and dressing deliciousness, let me remind you to take that bird out of the freezer!

  • Remember this rule of thumb; allow 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey. Also, thaw the turkey breast side up, unopened, on a tray and in the fridge.

While we’re here sharing all sorts of Thanksgiving tips and recipes, I should tell you that what I’m really thinking about is peppermint, chocolate, and a fat man in a suit! EEEEK!

BUT, to be fair to the Holiday at hand, my mind is also on Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls with a side of Pumpkin Spice Latte. What a combo, eh? I love my cravings!

Sweet potatoes and onions cooking in a skillet.

Yesterday I shared my bird with you – a beautiful Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey made with infused rosemary-lemon olive oil. Today I am going to share my favorite stuffing made with sweet potatoes and fresh cranberries, among other delicious things.

Yes, I know it’s technically a dressing since it’s not stuffed inside the Turkey… but whatevs. 😃 


This recipe is special because I make no excuses when I eat half of it. Seriously. I can inhale the whole thing, but I guess that’s considered uncouth, especially on Thanksgiving…meh. 

I just love the tartness of the cranberries paired with the sweetness of the potatoes and the beautifully flavored bread. 

Dry bread cubes over cranberries and sweet potatoes.


  1. IF you have an oven-proof 12-inch skillet, use it! If not, butter a 13×9 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet and add onions, celery, and sweet potatoes; cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
  4. Stir in fresh cranberries and 6 cups of really dry bread cubes. I use a French baguette that sits out 2 days before I use it for this stuffing. 
  5. Pour vegetable broth or chicken broth and stir until every piece of food is wet. 
  6. Transfer to baking dish and dot a few pats of butter over the bread cubes.
  7. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.
  8. Serve. 


  • Want to make it ahead? No problem! You can prepare the entire dish, but don’t bake it. Let everything cool to room temperature, transfer to a baking dish, cover with foil, and refrigerate until ready to bake. 
  • Take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you want to bake it. 

Sweet Potato Turkey Dressing with Cranberries

My favorite part of making stuffing and turkey is the bottle wine glass that sits next to me the entire time. And the fact that my husband is right there to refill it. Good times!

Want to know how to make this stuffing even better? Add LOTS of chunky crumbled feta cheese and you can forget about the gravy! Or not… keep the gravy. It’s too good. And symbolic.

Sweet Potato Stuffing Dressing


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Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing in a skillet.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing

Katerina | Diethood
This Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing recipe is a festive and delicious side dish perfect for Thanksgiving! Prepared with sweet potatoes, fresh cranberries, and bread cubes, you'll love this flavorful side dish.
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Servings : 6 serves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • butter for dish
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 6 cups dry bread cubes (unseasoned)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Butter a 13x9 baking dish; set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. I use a skillet that's oven-proof so that I can make the entire dish in just one pan.
  • Add onions, celery, and sweet potatoes; cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Season with salt and pepper, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Add cranberries and bread cubes.
  • Stir in vegetable broth; continue to stir until all pieces are wet. If it looks dry, add a little more broth.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
  • Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into 4 pats; scatter pats of butter over the bread cubes.
  • Bake uncovered for 35 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.
  • Remove from oven and serve.


Calories: 202 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 25 mg | Sodium: 493 mg | Potassium: 227 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 3590 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 62 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, American/Southern
Keyword: cranberries, easy thanksgiving recipe, side dish for thanksgiving, stuffing recipe, sweet potatoes, thanksgiving stuffing recipe, turkey stuffing recipe, vegetarian dish
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*Originally posted on November 25th, 2013 and updated on October 7th, 2019.

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26 comments on “Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing”

  1. Can this Cranberry and Sweet Potato stuffing be made on the stove top in a dutch oven covered pan? If so, how would you do it?

  2. I LOVE STUFFING! And I don’t have it often, so it is always a treat when I make it. And yours looks especially good!
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    I don’t like stuffing, I mean I really, really don’t.

    Honestly, wet bread with random chunkies? Not my thing at ALL.

    But your pictures are so beautiful that I’m almost convinced that I should give it another try…

    Maybe at Christmas??? :+)

  4. The colors in that stuffing are just gorgeous! I adore savory sweet potato dishes, so this is going to have to go on my list to try!

  5. I’m totally making this for thanksgiving! Two of my favorite foods, Cranberries and sweet potato! Perfect!

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    Kim - Liv Life

    I don’t like stuffing… or dressing as my mom says. BUT… OH, MY, Goodness!!! This recipe is going on my table this Thursday. I think I may have found a recipe to change my mind!! Ah…maaayy… zing!!!

  7. I’m not a stuffing person but I’d definitely reform my ways for this rendition! Love the random Bryan Adams reference! Time to pull out ye old “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” DVD. 😀

  8. Kate, it seems like you cook the turkey earlier this year, huh?:)
    Looking good.
    Interesting part though, Sweet Sunshine sauces are regulars in my kitchen!
    I love their “sweet” choice one!

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    Dionne Baldwin

    Stuffing and mashed potatoes are my reason for attending Thanksgiving dinner! Well, my food reason anyway. I’ll never turn down a chance to see my siblings. 🙂 This stuffing needs to be in front of me. I’ll split the pan with you? I’ll bring the gravy and the feta so we can choose!

  10. Your stuffing looks delicious! A lot healthier than most stuffings I see. Great recipe! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Lizzy (Good Things)

    I love the sound of this recipe, Katerina! We don’t tend to cook a Turkey at our place… Christmas in Australia falls in summer, often at the hottest time, so I buy smoked turkey breast and serve it with cranberry sauce. Bookmarking the recipe for winter feasting.

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    Christiane - Taking On Magazines

    I’m only learning to really love stuffing. I wish I had started with yours though, it looks amazing.

  13. I use dried cranberries quite often but have yet to try fresh. The stuffing looks pretty as well as tasty.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    Stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberries are three of my favorite sides: You just put them all together into a dish of epic proportions! Love. Also, your husband sounds like a good and wise man.

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