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Bacon, Leek Stuffing with Sage and Pecans

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Bacon, leeks, sage and pecans combined with broth and cubed bread to make for one fantastical stuffing! Yields roughly 8 cups serves about 6.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, bread, Christmas, holiday recipes, leeks, pecans, sage, stuffing, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 339
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon sliced
  • 3 ribs celery sliced
  • 2 leeks trimmed, halved and sliced into half moons
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 18-20 medium fresh sage leaves sliced
  • 5 to 6 cups cubed bread or stuffing mix or small cubes of stale bread
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1½ to 2 cups chicken stock plus more if needed
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter cut into pieces


  • In a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, add two tablespoons of Olive Oil.
  • Once hot, add in the sliced bacon and cook until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • In a large bowl combine the stuffing mix, crispy bacon and chopped pecans.
  • Drain off all but two tablespoons of fat/oil and add in the sliced celery and leeks. Season with salt and black pepper and cook until the leeks are soft and somewhat translucent.
  • Add in the minced garlic and sage, cook for 1 to 2 minutes then deglaze the pan with a quarter cup of stock.
  • Add the cooked leeks and celery into the bowl with the stuffing and toss.
  • Add in the beaten egg and 1-1/2 cups of stock, or enough to make the bread moist without making it too soggy.
  • Place the stuffing in a shallow baking dish and dot it with a tablespoon of butter.
  • Pop the stuffing into a 375 degree oven and bake until the stuffing is hot and the top is golden and crispy. About 35-45 minutes.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg