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Apples and sage are one of the most evocative fall pairings we know—the sweetness and subtle acidity of aromatic apples like Galas or Pink Ladies, with the resinous, piny scent of the fresh herb. We’ve paired them for the ultimate autumnal celebration dish, the Thanksgiving stuffing. It’s a classic, easy-to-assemble bread stuffing baked outside of the bird (our favorite method, and the safest, since it eliminates worries about internal temperatures and harmful bacteria). Also: the top turns golden and crispy, perfect for soaking up gravy.
Make-ahead note: This stuffing can be completely made ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Rewarm uncovered in a 350°F oven for about 30 minutes.
For additional inspiration, check out our Sausage Stuffing, Cornbread and Oyster Stuffing, and Brown Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts, Apples, and Sausage.