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Stuffing is another staple of a Thanksgiving meal. But many of us do not roast a turkey with the stuffing inside which can make our stuffing a bit bland. This recipe incorporates dried fruits and nuts to give it an interesting flavor! Instead of serving in a casserole, consider baking in a muffin pan for individual servings!

I used crushed Ritz Whole-Wheat crackers instead of breadcrumbs or seasoned croutons. The texture is finer and stuffing muffins are moist! You could substitute seasoned croutons for a chunkier stuffing and I am sure it will be great!

Saute Ingredients
2 cups diced celery
1/2 cup chopped sweet onions
1/3 cup butter
1 Medium Apple, peeled and diced

3 Sleeves Ritz Whole-Wheat Crackers
Crush your Ritz crackers in a sealed bag with a tenderizing mallet or similar weighted tool.

1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Cranberries, roughly chopped
1 to 1 1 /2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1/4 cup chopped Pecans or Walnuts
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

In a skillet, melt the butter then saute the celery, onion, and apples until soft. Turn off the heat.

Either add the remaining ingredients into the skillet or mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spray a 12-muffin pan with non-stick spray. Evenly distribute the mixture. Consider adding a few cranberries or apricots on top. You could also make this in a casserole pan.

Bake in a 375 degrees F oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown. If you like the topping crunchier leave it in the oven for a few more minutes. If you want them moister then reduce the time.

8 thoughts on “Apple-Cranberry Ritz Crackers Stuffing Muffins

  1. Bernice, this sounds so good! I’ll definitely be trying this. I love the whole wheat Ritz crackers.

    1. Bernice says:

      It definitely gave it a different texture and taste. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by. Bernice

  2. Years ago…ladies started cooking with Ritz crackers and it is great to see the tradition continue.

    1. Bernice says:

      It made such a wonderful stuffing! Added a nice flavor and texture. There are so many options for using ritz crackers. I think they would make a nice topping on a casserole when you want that added crunch.

  3. Cindy Green says:

    Great idea – look good and I’m sure tastes good too!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! We really enjoyed it plus it was easy to make. Just a bit of time to let it bake.

  4. I have been thinking about adding Ritz to my croutons to make my stuffing this year, I think it will be tasty!

    1. Bernice says:

      It was definitely a nice change to the stuffing / dressing.

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