A Thanksgiving Menu for Serious Bacon Lovers
Sherry's German Turkey
Give your Thanksgiving dinner a bold bacony boost this year. Double Bonus: The bacon bastes the bird as it roasts, and the bacon drippings make a tremendous gravy! "You will be pleasantly surprised at the indescribable flavor of this turkey," says Sherry. "I have had so many raves about my turkey that everyone now comes to my house on Thanksgiving."
Bacon and Bourbon Thanksgiving Stuffing
"The flavors of bacon and bourbon make it richer than any stuffing I've ever had," says Nudles. This recipe makes a ton of stuffing--enough to stuff a 24-pound turkey--so adjust the ingredient amounts as needed.
Tom Szaller's Great Pan or Bird Stuffing
And for folks who prefer a little sausage with their bacon: "This great sausage and bacon stuffing could be a meal in itself," says Tom Szaller. "Bake it as a side dish, or use it to stuff the bird."
Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon
In this recipe, bacon, dried fruit, and herbs combine with wild rice and long-grain rice to build big flavor! "This is by far the best stuffing recipe I have ever had," says REDHEADEDMYSTERY. "I have made it for the last 3 Thanksgivings and everyone has raved about it. It is very unique and the flavors are so delicious!"
Bacon Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Bacon, onion, rosemary, and garlic do wonders for creamy mashed potatoes. "This was a real nice change from plain old mashed potatoes," says OkinawanPrincess. "The bacon really adds a lot of flavor to the potatoes as does the garlic. I added a little of the bacon grease to the mashed potatoes. All the flavors balanced well together."
Quick Brussels and Bacon
This quick, delicious Thanksgiving side features shallots, bacon, and Brussels sprouts sizzling in the skillet. "This was so good I wanted to slap myself," raves Misti. "Cooked em' in the bacon grease, added minced garlic, some brown sugar at the end, a little dill and a splash of lemon juice."
Cheesy Green Beans with Bacon
"Cheese and bacon liven up plain green beans," says CRFTYREE. "This dish can be served immediately after preparing, but I often refrigerate it overnight to let the flavors blend together, then reheat it in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until heated through."
Garlic-Roasted Cheesy Brussels Sprouts
These roasted Brussels sprouts bake with garlic, bacon, and a balsamic vinegar glaze, all topped with freshly grated Asiago cheese. Some reviewers say that the bacon and balsamic take the bitter bite off the Brussels sprouts.
Twice Baked Potato Casserole With Bacon
A slight twist on an old favorite, this cheesy recipe transforms twice-baked potatoes into a creamy casserole, perfect for Thanksgiving. "For a creamier casserole, use a potato masher and mash potatoes thoroughly," says Tay.
Loaded Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
"I've enlisted bacon, lime, jalapeno, green onions, and sharp Cheddar to make these twice-baked sweet potatoes more addictive than in any Thanksgiving past," says Chef John. "You can prep them ahead of time and then bake when you're ready to serve."
Brown Sugar n' Bacon Green Beans
Brown sugar and bacon offer sweet and savory counterpoints. "A huge hit at Thanksgiving and Christmas in place of the standard green bean casserole," says Dana Giadrosich Pryor.
Savory Sweet Potato Muffins with Bacon
Sweet potato and bacon create a savory muffin for sopping up loads of luscious turkey gravy. "This is a completely savory muffin, no sweetness at all once cooked," says Wei Zhang. "Reminded my wife of a ham and cheese biscuit."
Brown Sugar Smokies
Let's take a sec now to talk bacon-based appetizers. "You can make these bacon-wrapped yummies on skewers or toothpick them to secure," says TINACLINKENBEARD. Something tells me you might also enjoy these Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese and these Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers and maybe these Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms, as well.
Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon
"Creamy, smoky, spicy, sweet, this is a party in your mouth," raves Julie Hubert. "This recipe makes for a dramatic appetizer that will wow at your Thanksgiving cocktail hour! Serve with a baguette or your favorite crackers."
Caramelized Maple Apple Pie with Candied Bacon Crumble
Because Thanksgiving deserves a pie worthy of the occasion: "This towering pie is piled high with apples that bathe in a deep maple caramel with a slight tang from cider vinegar," says Ashley Baron Rodriguez. "It's topped with a buttery crumble studded with crispy candied bacon. A pie that definitely earns its place at the table."