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Bacon Stuffing is the perfect side dish that will quickly become a Thanksgiving tradition! The secret is frying the bacon first so you can cook the veggies in the bacon grease.
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- Bacon Stuffing
- What kind of bread is best for stuffing?
- Ingredients in this Bacon Stuffing Recipe
- Ingredient Additions and Substitutions
- Recipe Tip – Cook Bacon Ahead
- Frequently Asked Questions About Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon
- More Thanksgiving Recipes
- How to Make Bacon Stuffing
- Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon Recipe
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!
A big thanks to Katelyn Walker, Emily’s sister-in-law, for this homemade stuffing recipe. It is a family recipe handed down to her from her Grandma Jolly.
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.
Ingredients in this Bacon Stuffing Recipe
- Loaf of French bread
- Celery Stalks – chopped
- Onion – chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Chicken Broth (or Chicken Stock or low-sodium Chicken Broth)
Ingredient Additions and Substitutions
- Fresh Thyme
- Poultry Seasoning
Recipe Tip – Cook Bacon Ahead
A little bacon tip is to make 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 in a large skillet 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon
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!
Traditional or original stuffing is made of bread or bread cubes, celery, onion, butter, and fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme.
Stuffing is a mixture that serves as the perfect base for getting a little innovative in the kitchen and adjusting to your liking. In our recipe, we use bacon and bacon drippings. Some people may go a different route, dicing granny smith apples and putting them in the stuffing, or adding garlic cloves. Stuffing is basic yet versatile, get creative!
More Thanksgiving Recipes
What’s Thanksgiving without the stuffing? And what goes better with stuffing than cranberry sauce? Check out some of our favorite stuffing and cranberry sauce recipes below.
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.
How to Make Bacon Stuffing
Thanksgiving Stuffing with Bacon
- Casserole dish
- 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.
- Sauté the celery and onions in the leftover bacon grease. Drain excess grease.
- Mix the celery and onions into the bacon and bread.
- 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.
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