Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon

The delicious duo of cornbread and bacon combine for a flavor-packed stuffing. You can make your own cornbread or save time by purchasing it ready-made. Another timesaver: Assemble the stuffing in the morning, then pop it into the oven when you’re ready to bake it.

2 tablespoons butter
4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
8 cups cubed cornbread (1 inch)
1 tablespoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup half-and-half
1 egg

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 11x7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon, celery and onion 12 to 15 minutes or until bacon is browned and vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, combine cornbread, sage, salt and pepper in large bowl; gently toss with bacon mixture. Whisk half-and-half and egg in small bowl; pour over cornbread mixture. Stir gently to combine; spoon into baking dish. (Stuffing can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Add 5 to 10 minutes to baking time, if necessary.)

3. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and hot.

8 (3/4-cup) servings

PER SERVING: 425 calories, 22 g total fat (9 g saturated fat), 10 g protein, 46.5 g carbohydrate, 110 mg cholesterol, 985 mg sodium, 4.5 g fiber