Even though bacon is everywhere these days, its appeal remains undeniable. The staggeringly delicious meaty flavor and the seductive richness of the rendered fat gives joy to just about everyone who indulges in it.
To make sure that you are eating enough bacon this holiday, we’ve compiled 25 of the best Thanksgiving dishes that not-so-sneakily sneak in copious servings of crispy bacon.
This bacon Old Fashioned features bacon-infused bitters that are simply irresistible. Shockingly, the recipe isn't too difficult! Check it out here.
Thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon are stuffed into a St. Germain bottle to infuse the liquor with bacony goodness. For this recipe, click here.
Thanksgiving dishes love to add a touch of sweetness to savory dishes: sweet potato casseroles topped with marshmallows? Frozen cranberry salad? So why not make your bacon taste like dessert, too? Check out the recipe here.
This viscous bacon purée is crazy delicious and has a meaty sweetness that would pair incredibly well with roast turkey and stuffing… and mashed potatoes, for that matter. And sweet potatoes, too. Oh, and apple pie. For this recipe, click here.
While you’re preparing the bread for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, twist a few slices of bacon in it. As we get closer to Christmas, you can bend them into candy cane shapes! Watch out for fights over the breadbasket this year. For this recipe, click here.
Adding bacon and Cheddar to your cornbread mix gives something extra special to an American staple. To check out this recipe, click here.
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Give your stuffed mushroom appetizer a makeover with a little kick and a dab of tart-sweet cherry to contrast with the salty bacon. For this recipe, click here.
If there’s any occasion to go light on the appetizers, it’s Thanksgiving. These sweet and salty nuts are the perfect welcoming snack to go with cocktails while the turkey finishes up in the oven. Oh, and they’ve got bacon mixed with them. Click here to see the Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts recipe.
Bundle asparagus in thick slices of bacon to bulk up your vegetable side dish. Roast until delicious. For this recipe, click here.
This year, take a break from the gloopy green bean casserole and instead go with these bacony green bean bundles individually sized to make each guest feel special — not to mention, they’re wrapped with a beautiful bacon bow. Click here to see the Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles recipe.
The leeks and the bacon add the salty, smoky, and earthy elements to the dish, making this a great complement to any entrée, but especially roast turkey. For this recipe, click here.
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Serve your corn with a generous side of bacon this year. Better yet, sauté that corn in the rendered bacon fat, too. Check out the recipe here.
Mix rendered bacon fat with flour to make a roux and then add half-and-half until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and awesome. Check out the recipe here.
Just when you thought mac and cheese was perfect… along comes salty smoked bacon to raise the bar. For this recipe, click here.
If you’re already adding chocolate to your stuffing, go ahead and toss some bacon in that mix for good measure. Check out the recipe here.
This is the turkey is a showstopper and delicious to boot. “I send my turkey to a bacon spa,” writes The Runaway Spoon, the recipe’s author. “It gets a salt scrub, a bacon butter deep tissue massage, a hand-woven bacon spa robe, some time in the sauna and a little tanning to finish it off.” Check out the recipe here.
For those who love a classic Reuben, this stuffing was made for you. Warning: Crunchy bits of bacon are scattered throughout and may cause spontaneous spasms of joy. For this recipe, click here.
Classic apple crumble is updated with bacon salted caramel. Do you need to read that again? I said: Bacon. Salted. Caramel. Check it out here.
This twist on the American classic adds bacon to the filling and crust, and then makes a beautiful bacon-weaved topper to complete the bacon trifecta. For the Bacon Weave Apple Pie recipe, click here.
Bacon goes perfectly with a maple bourbon pecan pie. Duh. Click here to see the Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie recipe.
Because, why the heck not? Check it out here.
Ginger, bacon, and an almond crust make this red wine poached pear and cranberry tart extra delicious. Click here to see the Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart recipe.
Try adding candied bacon to sweet potato pie. Just do it. Trust us. Find the recipe here.