When it comes to comforting side dishes, this Bacon Beer Cheese Stuffing hits all the marks.
And by marks, I mean the three crucial flavor profiles that simply make any dish better.
First, there’s the bacon. Because, well… bacon. I don’t think I really need to sell you on the deliciousness of bacon, but if I do, just imagine everything amazing about savory meats in the form of a crispy culinary treat. It just makes everything better, and there’s a hefty portion of it in this stuffing.
Then, there’s the beer. Beer has a way of adding a ton of depth to the flavor of a recipe, and especially when used in conjunction with meats like bacon. Even if you’re not a fan of drinking beer you may love it’s when cooked with the right ingredients. I opted to use Blue Moon in this recipe, and the hints of citrus really made the flavor pop.
And, finally, there’s the cheese. I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to add cheese to my life, and what better way is there than baking it in a dish that’s 90% French bread?
I certainly can’t think of any!
All fangirl-fawning over the ingredients aside, I must admit that this stuffing recipe surprised me with how good it was. I grew up enjoying the more “traditional” forms of stuffing, which usually meant a lot of bread with a little bit of seasoning.
And don’t get me wrong – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Classics are classics for a reason. Stuffing doesn’t have to be a wallop of flavor for it to still be good.
This recipe may be a bit more time-intensive (due to cooking up all that amazing bacon) but since you don’t use the bacon grease in this recipe, you can also opt to use pre-cooked bacon. I know not everyone is a fan, but it can be a great alternative in a pinch. I’ve used pre-cooked bacon in many baked dishes and still loved them just as much.
So if you’re ready to take your side dish game to the next level for your next dinner, holiday, or rainy Sunday, this stuffing is more than worth a walk on the wilder side.
We are talking bacon, beer, and cheese, after all.
How can you go wrong with that?
More great holiday side recipes
- Maple Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Waldorf Salad
- Maple Bacon Cornbread Muffins
- Cheesy Herb Stuffing
- Chicken Salad with Grapes
- Buttermilk Cornbread
This post first appeared on The Slow Roasted Italian website (where I am a monthly contributor) and has been syndicated here.
Bacon Beer Cheese Stuffing
This bacon beer cheese stuffing will kick your side dish game to the next level! Classic stuffing spiked with citrus beer, savory bacon, and cheddar cheese.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onions and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until veggies are tender.
- Add beer to skillet and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until liquid is reduced by 1/2 and an opaque golden color. Remove skillet from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, add French bread, 1/2 of the bacon, 1/2 cup mild cheddar, 1/2 tbsp thyme, and sage, then toss to mix. Pour beer buttery veggies and chicken broth mixture in the bowl and then gently mix until bread is thoroughly saturated.
- Pour stuffing in prepared baking dish and gently smooth into an even layer. Garnish the top of the stuffing with the remaining bacon, mild cheddar, and thyme.
Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and cook for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the top of stuffing is lightly crisp and golden brown.
- Serve stuffing immediately.