Bread Stuffing W/ Pears, Bacon, Pecans & Caramelized Onions

Recipe by Rita1652
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Coat a deep, 9-by-13-inch baking pan with the butter.
  • Place the bread cubes in a very large mixing bowl.
  • In a 10-inch saute pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Using a slotted spoon drain the bacon and add to the bread in the bowl.
  • Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan, reserving the extra.
  • Add the onions to the pan and saute over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the sugar over the onions and saute, stirring constantly, until the onions turn golden and the edges caramelize, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add to the bread in the bowl.
  • Return the pan to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat and swirl to coat the pan.
  • Add the pears and celery and saute, stirring frequently, until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add pecans, rosemary, parsley, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper to taste, and saute 1 minute longer.
  • Add this mixture to the bread cubes, and stir to combine.
  • Add the beaten eggs and stock to the bowl, and mix well.
  • Place the stuffing in the prepared pan and bake, uncovered, until the top is lightly browned and crusty, about 1 hour.
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