Jennifer Causey
Active Time
45 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Yield
Serves 10 (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Peak-season pears are ideal in this savory stuffing--a fragrant, juicy foil for the salty bacon and woodsy sage.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden, stirring after 10 minutes. Place bread cubes in a large bowl.

Step 3

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

Step 4

Place raisins in a small bowl; cover with 1/4 cup hot water. Let stand 10 minutes; drain.

Step 5

Cook bacon slices in a skillet over medium 10 minutes or until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; crumble. Add onion, carrot, and celery to bacon drippings in pan; sauté 6 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon sage and garlic; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat.

Step 6

Combine stock, butter, pepper, and eggs in a large bowl. Add stock mixture, drained raisins, bacon, pear, and vegetable mixture to bread; toss to combine. Spoon into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Top with remaining 2 teaspoons sage.

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