Apple, Bacon, and Leek Stuffing

Apple, Bacon, and Leek Stuffing
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 9 slices bacon

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 cup sliced button mushrooms

  • 1 ½ cup coarsely chopped leeks (4 to 5 leeks)

  • 1 ½ cup chopped celery (3 stalks)

  • 3 cup coarsely chopped, cored, peeled (if desired) Fuji or Granny Smith apples (about 2 large)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 12 cup dry country-style bread cubes*

  • 1 tablespoon fresh snipped sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ¼ - 1 ¾ cup chicken broth

  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. In an extra-large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels; crumble bacon. Drain fat, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Add butter to drippings in skillet. Add mushrooms, leeks, and celery. Cook over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add apples and garlic. Cook and stir for 2 to 4 minutes or until apples are just softened. Stir in cream.

  2. In an extra-large bowl combine apple mixture, crumbled bacon, bread cubes, the 1 tablespoon sage, the thyme, and pepper. Drizzle with broth to moisten, tossing gently to combine. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.

  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through and top is light brown. If desired, garnish with sage leaves.


To make dry bread cubes, preheat oven to 300°F. Cut 18 to 21 fresh bread slices into 1/2-inch cubes to yield 12 cups bread cubes. Spread cubes in two 15x10x1-inch baking pans. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cubes are dry, stirring twice; cool. (Cubes will continue to dry and crisp as they cool.) Or let bread cubes stand, loosely covered, at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.

Make-Ahead Directions:

Prepare stuffing as directed through Step 2, except do not preheat oven. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for up to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 375°F. Remove plastic wrap; cover baking dish with foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
15g Fat
28g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 507mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 231mg 5%
Folate, total 88.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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