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This Bacon Apple Stuffing recipe will make the flavors of your Thanksgiving turkey sing! It’s delicious, so flavorful, and always a crowd-pleaser.
Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
Thanksgiving Dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, mac and cheese, green beans, harvest salad, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and…and…hmmm…what am I missing? Oh yeah, the BACON! Look no further for a stuffing recipe because I have the best one right here for you, bacon and all!
I love putting bacon in my recipes, it makes me happy. I’ve had stuffing with sausage before, but this recipe for stuffing with bacon is most definitely where it’s at; golden, crisp, little nuggets of bacon. It makes stuffing go from stuffing to STUFF-ING! 🙂
This Bacon and Apple Stuffing recipe is one of those recipes that I look forward to each Thanksgiving. My favorite part of stuffing is those brown toasted bits…YUM! What about you? What’s your favorite thing about stuffing?
Thanksgiving stuffing is one of those side dishes that I look forward to each year. My favorite part of stuffing is those brown toasted bits…YUM! What about you? What’s your favorite thing about stuffing?
Bacon Stuffing Recipe Questions Answered:
Can I make stuffing the day before Thanksgiving?
You can make this recipe ahead of time. Just prep the recipe through step 6, and then cover the stuffing with plastic wrap and chill it until you’re ready to cook it. You will need to add 10 minutes to the cooking time.
Do you put eggs in stuffing?
Yes! Using an egg helps act as a binder between all of the ingredients. So you do not want to leave it out!
What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?
The difference between Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing is that there is not a major difference! The difference is really in reference to how it is made or what it is made from. Some say it is stuffing because it is cooked inside the turkey. If it is not cooked inside the turkey it is known as dressing. I call it stuffing even though it is not cooked inside a turkey. Regardless of what you call it, it is a delicious side dish!
What is Thanksgiving dressing made of?
It is full of yummy goodness!
- Yellow onion
- Granny smith apple
- Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram leaves
- Chicken Broth
How to make Bacon & Apple Stuffing Recipe:
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees then cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp and brown and then transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Next, add the celery, onion, and apple to the same skillet the bacon was cooking in and saute until soft.
- Then, stir in the herbs cooking them for about a minute. Next, transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Now, add the breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, chicken broth and bacon to the vegetable and apple mixture.
- Finally, place the stuffing mixture into a buttered pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Cook’s Note – Bacon Stuffing Recipe:
- You can make this recipe ahead of time. Just prep the recipe through step 6, and then cover the stuffing with plastic wrap and chill it until you’re ready to cook it. You will need to add 10 minutes to the cooking time.
- Leftover will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days.
- You can easily swap out the bacon in this recipe herbed pork sausage. Just make sure you cook up half of a pound and leave the dripping in the pan to cook the onion and apple in!
- Instead of cooking this Bacon Apple Stuffing in a 9×13-inch pan, you can use it to stuff the turkey with while it cooks.
Cook’s Tools – Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe:
- heavy skillet
- 9×13-inch pan
Bacon Apple Stuffing
- 8 ounces bacon chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 medium celery ribs
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 large Granny Smith Apple
- ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 Tablespoon fresh sage leaves
- ½ Tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves
- 12 ounce package Seasoned Stuffing
- 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Adjust oven rack to the center position and heat the oven to 350˚F.
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp and brown, about 10-12 minutes.
- Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add the celery, onion, and apple to the same skillet the bacon was cooking in (don’t drain off the bacon grease) and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened about 8-10 minutes.
- Add the parsley, thyme, sage, and marjoram and stir. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, chicken broth and bacon to the vegetable and apple mixture.
- Place the stuffing mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan, or any other 3-quart pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then serve.
This Bacon Apple Stuffing first appeared on FFF on November 17, 2012. I updated the pictures, below are some of the originals.