25 Ways to Get Some Bacon Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner

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25 Ways to Get Some Bacon Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner

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. 

Bacon Old Fashioned

This bacon Old Fashioned features bacon-infused bitters that are simply irresistible. Shockingly, the recipe isn't too difficult! Check it out here.

Bacon Sour

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.

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon

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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.

Maple-Bacon Jam

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.

Bacon Breadsticks

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.

Cheddar-Scallion-Bacon Cornbread

Adding bacon and Cheddar to your cornbread mix gives something extra special to an American staple. To check out this recipe, click here.

Bacon Jalapeño Stuffed Mushrooms

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.

Maple, Bourbon, and Bacon Spiced Walnuts

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.

Asparagus Bundles With Bacon

Asparagus Bundles With Bacon

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Bundle asparagus in thick slices of bacon to bulk up your vegetable side dish. Roast until delicious. For this recipe, click here.

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

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.

Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn

Green Onion and Bacon Creamed Corn

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Throw all the ingredients, bacon included, into a slow-cooker this Thanksgiving. It’s easy, plus making use of your slow-cooker allows you more time to focus on the turkey. For this recipe, click here.

Corn Pudding With Bacon and Leeks

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.

Griddled Corn and Bacon

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.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

The sweet-salty-crisp combination of bacon and maple syrup will induce euphoria. Check it out here.

Bacon Gravy

Bacon Gravy

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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.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon

Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Crumbled Bacon

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Just when you thought mac and cheese was perfect… along comes salty smoked bacon to raise the bar. For this recipe, click here.

Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing

Bacon and Chocolate Cornbread Stuffing

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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.

Bacon-Blanketed Herb Roasted Turkey

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.

Rye Bread and Bacon Stuffing

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.

Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel

Apple Crumble With Bacon Salted Carmel

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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.

Bacon Weave Apple Pie

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. 

Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

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Bacon goes perfectly with a maple bourbon pecan pie. Duh. Click here to see the Maple Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie recipe.

Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Maple Bacon Cheesecake

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Because, why the heck not? Check it out here.

Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart

Red Wine Poached Pear and Cranberry Tart

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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.

Sweet Potato Pie With Candied Bacon

Sweet Potato Pie With Candied Bacon

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Try adding candied bacon to sweet potato pie. Just do it. Trust us. Find the recipe here.