Apple, Bacon, and Onion Stuffing Muffins

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Bacon, apples, and herbs season this bread stuffing, which is baked in muffin cups. It makes a wonderful side dish for turkey or ham.

Apple, Bacon, and Onion Stuffing Muffins
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
75 mins
Servings:
12

Ingredients

  • 9 cup bread cubes (12 slices bread)

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 9 slices bacon

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 ½ cup coarsely chopped red onions

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 2 large Granny Smith or fuji apples, peeled (if desired), cored, and coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • Small fresh sage leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread bread cubes in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 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.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.

  3. In an extra large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels; crumble bacon. Drain fat, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

  4. Add butter to skillet. Add onions, celery, and herbs; 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 apple is just softened. Transfer to an extra large bowl.

  5. Add bread cubes, crumbled bacon, and pepper to vegetable mixture; toss gently to combine. Add broth and toss until moistened.

  6. Spoon about 2/3 cup stuffing into each prepared muffin cup; press to pack tightly. If desired, top each cup with a fresh sage leaf. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until stuffing is hot and tops are light brown. Cool about 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pans; serve warm. Makes 12 servings.

To Make Ahead

Prepare stuffing as above. Remove from muffin cups and transfer to large covered container; cover and chill up to 24 hours. To reheat, transfer stuffing servings to a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; cover with foil. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

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