Turkey Stuffing with Bacon & Apples
Homemade turkey stuffing with sweet apples and salty bacon is a classic side dish that belongs on any holiday table.
What's your favorite part about Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner?
For me it's the stuffing. Or maybe you call it dressing. Folks can get pretty particular about their stuffing. Sausage? Oysters? Cornbread?
Not this gal. I like to keep things simple.
I prefer to bake my stuffing in a casserole pan in the oven. I add crunchy, juicy pieces of Honeycrisp apple and crisp crumbles of cooked bacon. It's just the right balance of sweet and salty.
Learn how to make the very best holiday stuffing
Over the years I've tried cooking it in the bird, in a crockpot and in the oven. After many years of perfecting this recipe, the oven is my preferred method for stuffing that has a bit of crunch to it.
Making the stuffing has become a family affair, with my boys chopping apples and onions. I guess you can say my stuffing is made with love.
Key tips to the perfect stuffing:
- Use rich and flavorful turkey broth, not chicken or vegetable broth.
- Use fresh herbs instead of dried for a more flavorful stuffing.
- If you plan to stuff your bird use 1.5 cup of broth instead of two and stuff loosely. The stuffing should be moist not gummy. That bird is juicy and no one like soggy stuffing!
- Use a thermometer to check your stuffing in the bird. It should reach 180°F. If the turkey is done but the stuffing isn’t, transfer the stuffing to a casserole dish and finish baking in the oven.
- 1 apple
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 ribs of celery, chopped
- 2 cups turkey stock
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 (12-ounce) bag herb seasoned stuffing
- Cooking spray