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Double Bread Stuffing with Brown Butter, Bacon & Sage I

Your stuffing needs two kinds of bread next Thursday. Dos.

Because I am almost absolutely 100% positively sure that you won’t have enough carbs, sugar, bread, starch and carbs on your Thanksgiving table.

Just tell me that isn’t true.

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This stuffing would make my mom cry. It’s quite untraditional and stuff… you know. No celery (blah). For months I’ve wanted to make stuffing with sourdough bread. Months, I tell you. I LOVE sourdough. It’s so… sour. And I couldn’t want to make it. !!!

But… when I mentioned it… to that guy I live with… he says “Oh. ?  I really thought maybe… you know, you’d make some cornbread stuffing this year…or something… I’ve always wanted to try that.”

Uhhhhhh. What?

Come again?

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Oye. Sidebar: Don’t mind this almost burnt brown… err, black… butter. It’s not burnt. I swear. I might have dipped a spoon in and ATE IT to check. Maybe. Sorta. Definitely.

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No, but really.

Since when do 5-year old palates determine the meals in this house? Where are these suggestions when I’m stumped stupid for dinner ideas on Monday nights? Where did you even LEARN about cornbread stuffing?! FYI: Cornbread stuffing does NOT have chicken in it. !!! Do you know this?

I already had the sourdough bread. I planned ahead. I bought it. It took everything in my SOUL not to eat it.  You guys… seriously. While I would have been perfectly content taking down that loaf toasted with eggs, toasted with bacon and lettuce and not tomato, toasted with garlic and parmesan then cubed… and toasted as croutons for the salad I’d never eat… I took one for the team and hurriedly made a batch of cornbread. I was going somewhere I’d never gone before.

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This kept me up at night. I literally had to take Nyquil to fall asleep because bedtime was not happening with bacon and bread(s) and brown butters and other b things on the brain. After the four episodes of Friends and the two attempts at painting glittery gradients on my nails, the only thing weighing my eyelids down was the fact that I suck at nail art and will never have a house as clean as Monica Gellar’s.

Stuffing cures all.

We have been devouring it since Monday and can’t.get.enough. I live for stuffing. The flavor is outrageous. Outrageous… believe it.

I’d love to tell you that this will grace our Thanksgiving table next week, but the fact is that I spent a good four hours already trying to convince my mom that butternut lasagna is where it’s at (!) even if I’m the only one who eats the entire dish that night… and if the stuffing is changed up I’m pretty sure she’ll fly off the handle.

So here it is… Some of the cornbread gets crumbly and some of it stays cubed and there are still sour bites and everything is daaaa-renched in brown butter but then toasted and stuffed in a little bed with crispy bacon squares and it’s smoky but sweet and crusty but soft and… and… ah. Yeah.

Double Bread Stuffing with Brown Butter, Bacon & Sage I


Double Bread Stuffing with Brown Butter, Bacon & Sage

Yield: serves 4-6 with generous helpings + leftovers

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours (as long as the cornbread is baked)


1 batch of cornbread, baked (in an 8-inch pan) and cubed
1 loaf of sourdough bread, cubed (about 4-5 cups worth)
6 slices of bacon, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
2 leeks, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken or turkey stock
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons fresh thyme
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
12-15 sage leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a 9×13 baking dish, add cubed bread. Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, then flip, and bake for 8 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside. While bread is baking, heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk continuously until brown bits form on the bottom (about 5 minutes), then immediately remove from heat and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy and fat is rendered. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel, leaving drippings in the pan. Add onion, shallots, sage and leeks, cooking for 5-6 minutes and stirring occasionally until soft. Turn heat down to low, add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Turn off heat and stir in parsley, thyme, parmesan, 1/2 cup stock and cream.

Drizzle brown butter over bread cubes, tossing to coat. Drizzle 1 1/2 cups of stock over top, flipping to coat and stirring to moisten, adding more if needed. Ladle in spoonfuls of the onions mixture, mixing to coat, then fold in bacon. Season with salt and pepper. At this point some of the cornbread will began to crumble, but that is a good thing!

Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown.

Note: If you want to stuff the bird with this, skip the stock drizzle over the bread (keep the butter), fold everything together and then stuff.

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I think I’m becoming a bread person.

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121 Responses to “Double Bread Stuffing with Brown Butter, Bacon & Sage.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 18, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    This recipe is sure to make someone very happy! I bet my hubs would love it…he’s a stuffing fanatic. Like, that’s his reason for being Thankful. It’s all about the stuffing.

    Me? I’ll take dessert :)


  2. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — November 18, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Ok – I’m officially obsessed with your blog! Seriously, I would have been up all night eating this stuffing – spoon to mouth – straight from the pan! Perfect 7 am inspiration… now this breakfast cereal is looking like a joke :)


  3. #
    Kathryn — November 18, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    I think two breads in your stuffing may be a stroke of genius.


  4. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — November 18, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions in making homemade stuffing in the morning. We always make a HUGE batch and Dad cooks the sausage while we kids worked on toasting and tearing up all the bread. I love stuffing.


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    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 18, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I am so addicted to bread and stuffing, yes stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving and whats weird enough my family rather have mashed potatoes. Oh man a good homemade stuffing left over on a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce between more bread, and with your recipe sour dough bread. Mmmm, Ok, It’s 4am, I’m hungry and all I am thinking is how can I get some stuffing to eat before work. I don’t have time to make it and I don’t have the box stuff,dam it!! Making stuffing this weekend!!!!


  6. #
    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — November 18, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Ohhh, this stuffing sounds SO good! But my mom has to make her traditional stuffing… but maybe I could make a little bit of this one, too? Sure Liz, go for it.


  7. #
    Sally — November 18, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Thanksgiving is ALL about the stuffing, and this sounds so perfect that it’s almost holy. I think adding the bacon makes this a complete, nutritionally balanced meal.


  8. #
    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy — November 18, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Becoming a bread person? I think I came out of the womb and asked for a baguette.
    I want this in my life this thanksgiving. Hell, I want this for breakfast.


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2011 @ 10:36 am

      Just wait until you see what I did with it for breakfast.


  9. #
    Clare @ SweetnSimple — November 18, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Ahh this looks and sounds incredible!


  10. #
    Katrina — November 18, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Holy dear goodness. I’m in love.


  11. #
    Gen — November 18, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Yuuuum!!!! Brown butter makes everything amazing! :D


  12. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 18, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Mmm I love sourdough too. If you need a neutral 3rd party opinion to back your argument about butternut lasagna being where it’s at, I’m happy to be that 3rd party!


  13. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 18, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    What a fabulous compromise! Looks amazing.


  14. #
    Kelly — November 18, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Stuffing is the best part about Thanksgiving. I want it more than anything else. While everyone else is stuffing their face with pie I am on my 4th helping of stuffing and loving every single bite.


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      Same here!


  15. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — November 18, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I’ve never tried cornbread stuffing either – this looks incredible though! Stuffing has always been my favorite part of the meal.


  16. #
    Kim in MD — November 18, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    You are so funny, Jessica! :-) This stuffing? Not funny. At all. It is totally outrageous! Your mom should seriously reconsider the butternut squash lasagna. And this stuffing!


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      Oh I’m making it anyway… she is going to eat it darnit!


  17. #
    Shea — November 18, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    This looks sooooo gooood! I wish I could eat me a big spoonful right now!


  18. #
    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats — November 18, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Oh my gosh that looks soooo good! Stuffing is my favorite part of thanksgiving! Unfortunately, I found out I’m gluten intolerant… So I won’t be eating stuffing this year. I should look into making my own mini batch just for myself… hmm…


  19. #
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — November 18, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    There’s got to be room on every Thanksgiving table for this stuffing. What person wouldn’t want to include it on their overstuffed plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy? I mean, really. Looks fantastic! You need to thank your husband. :-)


  20. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 18, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Stuffing definitely does cure all.
    This. Looks. Insane.


  21. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 18, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    ah yes, double the bread double the fun! i want to fall asleep on a bed made of that stuffing…


  22. #
    Bev Weidner — November 18, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I struggle with Monica Gellar syndrome too. I even attend a weekly support group. It’s called “I KNOW!”

    I want to camp out in that stuffing.


  23. #
    Amanda Dawn — November 18, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Mmm bread. Best invention ever.


  24. #
    Lisa — November 18, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I dont even like stuffing….but this looks pretty tasty. I mean, I dont get it…I LOVE BREAD but dont like stuffing…
    maybe I just need a new recipe, aka trying yours! :)


  25. #
    Kristen@PrettySweet — November 18, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Mmmm!!! That looks awesomely delicious! Can’t believe you’ve never had cornbread dressing before – and my grandmother’s recipe definitely has chicken in it. And celery. (Sorry!) But it’s fantastic and I’ve never liked celery very much.


  26. #
    Kristen@PrettySweet — November 18, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Oh, also, I bought some herbs from a friend who lives on a farm – cilantro, dill, and SAGE. (I have a whole bunch of herbs in my fridge for only $5.00 – I was so excited!) That last one is because of you. I’m going to have to take baby steps because I’ve never been on the sage train before. I think browned butter and bacon might be the way to go!


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

      YES! Do it!


  27. #
    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — November 18, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    This looks incredible! Stuffing is one of my favorites on a Thanksgiving dinner!


  28. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — November 18, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    So pretty and so appetizing. Stuffing is one of my favorite things to eat on Thanksgiving.
    I can’t wait to prepare this wonderful feast.


  29. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — November 18, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Love this. I am notorious for having a huge plate of stuffing on my Thanksgiving plate with a small slab of turkey on the side. Yummy! :)


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2011 @ 10:33 am

      Same here! I could care less about the turkey.


  30. #
    Cookbook Queen — November 18, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Bacon + Stuffing = Perfection


  31. #
    Angela @ The Dancer Bakes — November 18, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Stuffing makes my world brighter. And this stuff looks so incredibly tasty! I think stuffing may have to be a year-round thing just so I can try all these recipes…


  32. #
    Maria — November 18, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Great stuffing for Turkey Day!


  33. #
    Ashley — November 18, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I’ve never even HAD cornbread stuffing!! No idea what is traditionally even in it. Last year I made sourdough stuffing in the slow cooker, and it was the best thing ever ever ever. The bread got so doughy but crispy around the edges. Sourdough makes awesome stuffing. Love your creative spin on a classic!


  34. #
    Cait's Plate — November 18, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I think I came out of the womb a bread person. That was a nice little compromise you made there. I feel like I would’ve looked at him and been like “sorry. sourdough it is!” :)


  35. #
    Ariffa — November 18, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I got into a heated discussion with my mom the other day about how I want to eat bacon.
    because of your blog.
    It’s against our religion to eat pork, but I’m not even religious!?!? #cruelfate.


  36. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — November 18, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Sounds and looks delish!


  37. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 18, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    All my favorite things all in one lovely recipe… how’d ya know??


  38. #
    Katie — November 18, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    My grandma uses all sorts of different bread in her stuffing and it is my favorite thing ever. I’m all for throwing new stuff in there – bread, bacon, cream, cheese? There is no way I would love this.


  39. #
    CouponClippingCook — November 18, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Love the idea of two types of bread in the stuffing…and sour dough sounds like the perfect flavor with the cornbread. Pics of this are so pretty too!


  40. #
    Cat @Breakfast to Bed — November 18, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    I feel like I know you. I stay up all night thinking about aioli and whether or not to use dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also stay up all night wondering why Diane Keaton has fawns in her book commercial, but that’s another story entirely. (I think she’s raising them for venison, poor Bambi)


  41. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 18, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Yum! Dressing is one of my very favorite things on the Thanksgiving table, this looks great!


  42. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 18, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Yum. This is going to make me start to drool if I keep looking at it. Now off to the kitchen to snack! :)


  43. #
    Klemmi — November 18, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Stuffing is my life and I have a recipe all my friends are in love with…BUT this.sounds.AMAzing. I’d like a big bowl immediately. I will be trying this for upcoming potlucks! You’re blog is fantastic.


  44. #
    Cassie — November 18, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Doubling the bread can only double the amazingness that stuffing already is. LOVE THIS! Stuffing is by far my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I think I’ll make a pan of this


  45. #
    tracy — November 18, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    We share the same brain:
    -I LOVE LOVE LOVE sourdough. There is no other bread. Seriously.
    -I take Nyquil to fall asleep sometimes when I’m not even sick. I felt compelled to leave a comment because you totally validated me. I don’t have a problem. I swear.
    -Brown Butter is heaven.
    -Stuffing in my favorite part of Thanksgiving!


  46. #
    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — November 18, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Brown butter in stuffing?! So done. I’m making this for Thanksgiving. You’re my hero.


  47. #
    Shelly — November 18, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    I needed a vegetarian stuffing recipe, and I think this is it! Your post made me realize that I think the husband thinks cornbread stuffing is too sweet. I, however, love it, so this is a great compromise for us.


    • Shelly — November 18th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      Oops, obviously not vegetarian with the bacon, but we are not strict around here :).


  48. #
    Meg — November 18, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    My family always makes cornbread stuffing and I thought we had it perfected, but this takes it to a whole new level. I share your love of sourdough and can’t wait to try this!
    Also, it’s so nice to know I’m not the only one who stresses a bit about living up to Monica Gellar’s example. Those late-night Nickelodeon reruns are dangerous — they often have me up cleaning the kitchen after midnight….


  49. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — November 18, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Ugh…how can this look good @ 8:20 A.M.?


  50. #
    Lauren from Lauren's Latest — November 18, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Agreed. Stuffing does cure all…



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