Thanksgiving Recipe: Sausage and Bacon Stuffing

When I was a kid I hated stuffing. Really hated it. Nothing but bread and celery, to my taste. Then my Mom made this. And everything changed.
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Prep time: 45 minutes
Oven time: 60 minutes
Oven temp: 350 F

Ingredients
Bacon, 8 oz
Pork sausage, 1 lb chub (I prefer sage)
Sweet onion, 1 small, diced
Celery, 3 ribs, chopped fine
Butter, 1/4 cup
Eggs, 2, beaten
Poultry seasoning, 1 tsp
Stuffing croutons, 1 large package (or your own dried bread cubes
Salt and pepper to taste

Process
Cook bacon until crisp. Let cool, then crumble. Reserve 1/4 cup bacon drippings in skillet. Add butter to drippings, melting butter. Add celery, onion, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper and cook 10-15 minutes until vegetables are tender. Remove from skillet.

Crumble sausage in skillet and cook thoroughly. Drain and put sausage on paper towels to remove grease.

Toss bacon, sausage, and vegetable mixture with bread croutons. Pour beaten eggs over mixture and toss until well blended. If too dry, add water to moisten.

Makes enough to stuff a 12-15 lb turkey. Also may be put in a casserole dish and baked alongside turkey for final hour.

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