Holiday Recipe Exchange: Leek + Bacon Stuffing

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Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without stuffing, don’t you agree? Stuffing seems to often be the big debate this time of year. Everyone has their own family recipe and thinks that their family’s recipe is THE BEST. Growing up we usually had cornbread stuffing with pork sausage. It was our family’s tradition.

stuffing with cranberries, leeks, and bacon

Eric has never particularly liked stuffing but I just can’t bring myself to not have it on the table. It’s traditional! I don’t like my stuffing cooked inside the bird. The risk of bacteria makes me nervous and I don’t like the end result in the consistency.

bacon cranberry stuffing

Instead, I assemble my stuffing a day or two in advance and bake it in a casserole dish the day of. This year I am going to experiment by serving leftover stuffing stuffed in Roasted Acorn Squash (related: Healthy Holiday: Apple Pecan Stuffed Squash). Even though I still enjoy my family’s traditional stuffing recipe, I’ve created a new recipe that’s also well loved (well, except for by Eric). This year I tweaked my recipe just a tad and instead of Italian Sausage I am using Bacon and I’ve swapped out onion for leek.

Are you looking forward to stuffing on your Holiday table this year? Come share your favorite recipe! Check out Jamie’s Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing!

Herbed Stuffing with Bacon and Leeks

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6 ounces Applewood bacon strips
1 1/2 ribs celery, diced
1 1/4 cup leeks, chopped and cleaned
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine
1-2 pears (ripe but firm), peeled and chopped
1 heaping tablespoon fresh sage, minced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
1 heaping tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced
3 cups dried stuffing cubes
8 ounces Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth
Extra broth or water to reach desired consistency
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
3 tablespoons golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans
salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove and crumble, then set aside. If there is excessive grease in the pan, remove extra leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. If necessary, add olive oil or canola oil. Saute the celery in the bacon grease until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Add the leeks and garlic and saute and additional 2-3 minutes.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine, making sure to scrape up any browned bits. Add the pear, sage, rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Stir until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl and gently stir in the stuffing cubes.

Pour in the broth, adding additional broth or water until your desired moistness and consistency is reached. Gently stir in the melted butter, cranberries, raisins, and pecans. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees F in a covered casserole dish until stuffing is heated through, about 20-30 minutes. Remove the cover half way through baking.

Stuffing does well assembled but not baked 1-2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Then, just bake before serving.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Amanda - November 22, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Love your recipe… it is by far more sophisticated then mine! Can I come to your house for the big day? :)


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    Sues - November 22, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’ll never be able to veer from my mom’s stuffing on Thanksgiving, but I might just have to make this for another time :)


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - November 22, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    I am so happy your site is back up, I was starting to experience withdrawl symptoms! Your stuffing is gorgeous and I love the addition of the leeks!


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    make my day - November 22, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    Delicious! I love the idea of stuffing a squash with the leftovers! nice idea. what about aslo in some red capsicums?! ooh i’m hungry. cheers kari


  • 5
    Maris (In Good Taste) - November 22, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    I wish I had time to join in the fun – all of these recipes look delicious. Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving!


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    Tickled Red - November 22, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    Now that sounds delicious!! My mom & dad always make a wild rice one that I can’t live without they have to make an extra batch for us to take home :)


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    naomi - November 23, 2010 @ 12:36 am

    I love this and love that you tried it with bacon.

    I alos use leeks in my stuffing too, but that’s only because Matt hates onions.


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    Wenderly - November 23, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    Mmmmm, looks and sounds delish! Wonder what it would taste like with corn bread?


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - November 23, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    That stuffing looks divine!


  • 10
    fooddreamer - November 23, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    I added mine and have posted a button on my blog! Looks like there are a ton of wonderful recipes!


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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats - November 26, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    This looks so tasty! YUUUUUM!


  • 12
    FishMama - November 26, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    So, when I posted my link, the category was broth OR stuffing. Now it is just stuffing? I love you, but I don’t think that’s fair. ;)


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — November 26th, 2010 @ 6:42 PM

      keep your link there, I’m not taking it down. People were confused…Basically it was supposed to be stuffing made with broth but your recipe is fine!

  • 13
    Kathryn Lang - November 27, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    LOVE the idea of bacon in the stuffing – bacon makes everything taste better (kind of like cheese :D ). We eat cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving (and I’m assuming that it’s stuffing cooked outside the bird), but this recipe may have to make it on the Christmas table this year. Thanks for sharing.


  • 14
    Maggie - November 28, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    That sounds FANTASTIC! I love stuffing!


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    stacey w - November 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm



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    Dollie - November 29, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    mmmmm mmmmm good!


  • 17
    Kara Nichols - November 29, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    this looks wonderful will have to try.


  • 18
    Heather S - November 29, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    Looks great!


  • 19
    Jenn - November 29, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    By far my favorite recipe


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    Kelsey Jade - November 29, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    That looks soo good!


  • 21
    Ginger - November 30, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    Great recipe


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