Bacon and Apple Stuffing Muffins

By Meghan McGarry
A fun twist on tradition turns everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side is turned into stuffing muffins! Savory, comforting, and perfectly portioned, get ready for a new holiday winner!
  • Yield: 10-12 muffins
  • Cuisine: American
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INGREDIENTS

  • bacon
  • celery stalks
  • day-old white bread
  • dried thyme leaves
  • Egg
  • Fresh Sage
  • Granny Smith Apple
  • low sodium chicken stock
  • onion
  • pepper
  • Salt
  • unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place cubed bread in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Sauté bacon in PURECOOK 12.5-inch skillet over medium-high heat, until brown and crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Pour off all but 2 Tablespoons of drippings from skillet. Add diced onion, celery, salt, pepper, sage and thyme to skillet and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes, making sure to scrape up all those brown bits around the pan. Add diced apple and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes, until onions and celery are softened. Pour mixture over cubed bread.
  3. Cut bacon into bite-size pieces, add to the cubed bread, and toss. Pour melted butter over the mixture and toss. Add egg followed by 1/2 cup chicken stock and toss thoroughly. If you need more liquid, add a spoon of stock at a time until you get the right consistency - the mixture should be moist.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, divide stuffing evenly into prepared muffin tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until tops are golden. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot.