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crock pot filled with the wild rice stuffing, apples, sausage and cranberries

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sausage Wild Rice Stuffing

This hearty and earthy stuffing is so easy to make and delicious for guests arriving for the holidays! It can feed a crowd so invite everyone over! The Craisins and apples give the little bit of sweetness to each bite!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Slow cooker wild rice stuffing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 299kcal
Author savorandsavvy.com


  • crockpot


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 8 oz sausage cooked
  • 10 oz baby mushrooms
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 5 cups chicken broth Kettle and Fire
  • 3/4 cup Craisins
  • 1 tbsp sage chopped
  • 1 tbsp rosemary chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme chopped
  • 1/2 apple chopped


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium to medium high heat and add the onions. You are looking to carmelize them so let them brown for a good long time but not burn.
  • In a 4 qt slow cooker, stir in the wild rice, cooked sausage, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms. Pour the chicken broth over it all and stir. Cover and allow to cook for about five hours.
    Layering in the wild rice mixture to the crockpot
  • At 4.5 hours or so, stir the rice and make sure it is about done. Add in the chopped fresh herbs, apples and Craisins. Heat another 20-30 minutes and serve.
    Top down view of slow cooker with sautéed mushrooms and dried cranberries added to the rice mixture


Adjust Craisins and apples to your taste. I tend to like a bit more as I love a little bit of the play of earthy and sweetness in each bite. 
Leftovers can be frozen. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg