Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon

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This Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon is the perfect side dish and will quickly become a Thanksgiving tradition! The secret is frying the bacon first so you can cook the veggies in the bacon grease.

Bacon stuffing in a clear 9x13 pan on a burgundy napkin

Is Bacon Good in Stuffing?

Yes! It gives the stuffing so much flavor! You have to put this Bacon Stuffing on your Thanksgiving menu this year. It is unbelievably good! Forget about the stuff you buy in the box – this should be a new holiday tradition. I have used sausage in dressings and stuffings before but this is the first time I’ve tried bacon. It took me about 30 minutes to prep and then it went right in the oven. It made the whole house smell incredible. If you like to stuff your Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing, this is the perfect stuffing to use! The bacon will add so much flavor to your turkey!

Thanksgiving stuffing with bacon on a plate with sliced turkey

What kind of bread is best for stuffing?

You can use pre-made bread cubes, but fresh french bread just tastes so good — and you can get it really cheap at the grocery store. It only took me a few minutes to cube it myself. What makes this recipe so flavorful is sautéing the celery and onions in the leftover bacon grease, so make sure you don’t throw it away. If you are crunched for time on Thanksgiving Day, you can make this the night before. Cover the cooled dressing with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. You can also store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

A bowl of Thanksgiving stuffing with bacon in a white serving bowl

Recipe Tip – Make the Bacon Ahead

A tip from their family is to prepare the bacon ahead of time and freeze it until ready to add to the stuffing, but make sure to save some bacon grease for sautéing the vegetables. You can fry the bacon or bake it in the oven. Spread a sheet of tin foil over a cookie sheet and add the slices of bacon. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Let the bacon cool, and place it in a resealable freezer bag.

A big thanks to Katelyn Walker, Emily’s sister-in-law, for this recipe. It is a family recipe handed down to her from her Grandma Jolly.

If you are serving anyone with a gluten allergy for Thanksgiving dinner, we also have a Gluten-Free Stuffing recipe that is delicious. Be sure to see more of our favorite Thanksgiving Recipes including appetizers, salads, more side dishes, and, of course, turkey and gravy.

Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon

5 from 10 votes
This Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon is the perfect side dish and will quickly become a Thanksgiving tradition! The secret is frying the bacon first so you can cook the veggies in the bacon grease.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12

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Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Casserole dish

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Cut the french bread into 1-inch cubes and put in a large bowl.
  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in a skillet.
  • Drain the bacon, but DO NOT throw away the grease. Add the bacon to the bread pieces.
  • Saute the celery and onions in the leftover bacon grease. Drain excess grease. Mix into the bacon and bread.
  • In the large bowl, add sage, salt and pepper.
  • Add 1-2 cups of chicken broth, depending on how moist you like the stuffing.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 dish and bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 262.52kcalCarbohydrates: 20.85gProtein: 9.08gFat: 15.74gSaturated Fat: 5.22gCholesterol: 24.95mgSodium: 578.42mgPotassium: 205.99mgFiber: 1.22gSugar: 1.55gVitamin A: 89.57IUVitamin C: 3.94mgCalcium: 28.84mgIron: 1.51mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. Our family has done our Thanksgiving stuffing for 4 generations with bacon. We also add black olives to it. I have used toasted white and wheat bread as well as seasoned bread crumbs. Cornbread is another option, but I prefer the bread. It is always a hit.

  2. 5 stars
    Bacon is seriously the best thing ever and I love the sound of this bacon stuffing with a little sage! The ingredients all seem really simple which is great!! I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    Bacon in stuffing? Yes please! This looks so delicious and flavorful. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving now.

  4. I need to make this the night before. Do I complete the full cooking before cooling and refrigerating or do I complete prep up to #8 (blend ingredients), refrigerate and cook the next day? Thank you for your time.

    1. I would combine everything except the chicken broth and refrigerate it overnight. Add the chicken broth right before you put it in the oven the next day. Hope this helps!

      1. This is my first time hosting Thanksgiving and I’m excited to try this recipe! I have one question that may be a little silly: do you put the stuffing already made inside the turkey when cooking the turkey? If so, do you cook the bacon completely or do you cook it half way and let it cook completely on e inside the turkey?

        1. In my experience you want to prepare the stuffing completely before putting it inside the turkey. Since it will be covered by the turkey the bacon shouldn’t burn or anything, so cook it all the way before.