9 Thanksgiving Recipes that Include Bacon, Because Duh

It’s a widely accepted culinary maxim that bacon makes every dish better. So why waste your time making bacon-less food that’s not reaching its full potential? This Thanksgiving, we have you covered. From the bread to the stuffing to the mashed potatoes and, yes, even to the dessert.

Have you ever wrapped your Thanksgiving turkey in bacon? Well, you should. You should also toss it with sugary donuts and a few vegetables and, like, call it a stuffing. Because that’s a thing — I found it on the internet. Mashed potatoes? Mac & cheese? Sure, they’re simple and classic, but they’re practically begging to be trashed up with salty, crunchy, magnificent bacony goodness. What are you waiting for? Bacon is good in savory scones and is a veritable show-stealer in the peanut butter pie arena. All good things. Cooking some green veggies this Thanksgiving? That’s very cute. Good for you. Why don’t you throw some bacon on them? And some cheese too. Have I gone too far here? I have not. Because this is just one day, guys. So let’s make it an exceptional day, and let’s make it a day full of bacon.

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Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy

Planning on roasting a traditional Thanksgiving turkey this year? Don’t be stupid. This bacon bird with turkey neck gravy from Food52 beckons…

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Brussels Sprout, Bacon, and Apple Naan Stuffing

Lauren’s recipe for Brussels sprout, bacon, and apple naan stuffing is full of good surprises. And full of bacon. And with all those shredded sprouts and hearty chunks of fresh apple mixed in, this is practically a health food. Head over to Climbing Grier Mountain, and dig in.

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Bacon, Apricot, and Gorgonzola Scones

You could heat up some boring old frozen dinner rolls this Thanksgiving, but I bet they won’t have bacon. Or apricots. Or gorgonzola. Do I have your attention? Then direct it over to Laurie’s recipe for bacon, apricot, and gorgonzola scones on Simply Scratch — and say goodbye to holiday bread boredom.

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Pecan, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Green Beans

Trying to squeeze something green and healthy on your plate? The Little Leopard Books says HAHA. Topped with pecans, bacon, and blue cheese, these green beans will go down smoothly with a wink and a nod.

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Mashed Potatoes with Bacon & Mustard

Inarguably, there should be bacon on top of your mashed potatoes. And this recipe from Food & Wine knows what’s up. Sure, you could try your luck with the same old boring mash, but really why risk it when bacon is a sure thing?

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Sufganiyot Stuffing With Bacon

What are sufganiyots? Jewish jelly-stuffed donuts. Here they are tossed with dried cranberries and, yes, bacon, to create this wonderful Thanksgiving masterpiece from My Name is Yeh. “Make Thanksgiving even fatter" with this recipe, says creator Molly.

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Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon

Thinking of going green with your sides? Go ahead, just don’t go too green. This simple kale stir-fry from Nom Nom Paleo is served up simply with a splash of vinegar and a healthy dose of crispy bacon. Oh kale yeah.

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Stovetop Mac & Cheese with Hatch Chile and Bacon

This mac & cheese from The Foodie Bride is not messing around. With two different kinds of cheese plus chiles plus bacon, you won’t have to worry about what you’ll do with all the leftovers because there won’t be any. Obviously.

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Peanut Butter Nutella Pie with Crispy Bacon Crushed Golden Grahams

Did you think I forgot about dessert? I absolutely did not. Check out this peanut butter Nutella pie with crispy bacon crushed Golden Grahams from Climbing Grier Mountain. Whoever said that simplicity is better obviously never tried this pie.

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