Dressing with Apples

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Dressing with Apples

This is an easy crockpot method for stuffing that frees up the oven on Thanksgiving and is great for a crowd! The edges of this stuffing become nicely golden and crisp all the way around while cooking and the center stays perfectly moist.

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Dressing with Apples
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Slow Cooker Dressing with Apples

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 1 loaf gluten-free French bread, sourdough bread, or bagels, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or dairy-free butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions , diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large stalks celery , diced
  • ¼ cup sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 sprigs thyme , finely chopped
  • 1 crisp apple , such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji, medium diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium turkey broth


  • Lightly grease a 6-quart slow cooker. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on two large, rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, then stir cubes and sprinkle nuts over the top. Continue baking until nuts are toasted and bread cubes are dry, about 5-8 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully towards the end so they do not burn. Remove from the oven and place immediately in the prepared slow cooker.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Once the oil is hot and the butter is melted, add onions, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Add celery and continue cooking until the celery is soft and the onions are golden, about 5-8 minutes. Stir in sage and thyme and let cook 1 minute. Add to the slow cooker.
  • Add diced apple and cranberries to the slow cooker, stirring gently to evenly distribute. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and broth until well combined. Pour over bread cube mixture, then fold gently to combine.
  • Lay a clean kitchen towel over the top of the slow cooker so it hangs over all sides, to absorb excess moisture. Cover with the lid, letting the towel poke out of the sides. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until lightly crisp around the edges and set in the center. Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Dressing with Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 673mg28%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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