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Leek and Bacon Stuffing

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

My husband 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.

I don’t recommend stuffing a turkey with this Leek and Bacon Stuffing if you are roasting it.

The risk of bacteria makes me nervous and I don’t like the end result in the consistency.

Here’s why you shouldn’t stuff a roasted turkey:

  • The Leek and Bacon Stuffing may not reach a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria.
  • Your turkey will cook faster without a stuffed cavity.

How to Safely Stuff a Turkey

If you really love stuffing inside your turkey, there is a way to safely stuff a turkey.

  1. First, prepare and cook the Leek and Bacon Stuffing separately while the turkey roasts.
  2. Then, place the stuffing into the turkey once it is done roasting.

There you go! 

Turkey is stuffed with this delicious Leek and Bacon Stuffing, AND no one gets sick.

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.

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 to create this Leek and Bacon Stuffing.

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!

bacon cranberry stuffing

Herbed Stuffing with Bacon and Leeks

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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 to create this Leek and Bacon Stuffing.


  • 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


  1. 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 an additional 2-3 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 halfway through baking.
  4. 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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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 576Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 75mgSodium 1135mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 4gSugar 16gProtein 24g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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