Cider, Bacon, and Golden Raisin Stuffing

by Cindi SutterFounder of The Spirited Table® - recipe from

A blend of whole grain and country breads gives this stuffing just the right deep, earthy flavor, while cider and vinegar-spiked golden raisins lend a few high notes. And the bacon? That's what makes it irresistible.

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1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 (3/4-pound) loaf country bread, cut into 1/2" cubes (about 8 cups)
1 (1/2-pound) loaf whole grain bread, cut into 1/2" cubes (about 4 cups)
6 cups apple cider
3/4 cup golden raisins (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 lb thick-cut smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2" pieces
1 large head of celery, stalks chopped (about 3 cups), whole leaves reserved
2 Gala or Honeycrisp apples, cored, coarsely chopped
4 large shallots, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp chopped thyme
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 1/4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
2 large eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Butter a 13x9x2" baking dish.
  2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Toast, stirring occasionally, until dry and crisp, 25–30 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a very large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, bring cider to a boil in a large wide pot and cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Bring raisins, vinegar, and 2 Tbsp. water just to a simmer in a small skillet over medium heat to warm through. Transfer to a small bowl; let cool, then drain.
  5. Cook bacon in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain (do not wipe out skillet).
  6. Heat 1/4 cup butter in same skillet over medium-high until melted. Add chopped celery stalks, apples, shallots, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10–12 minutes.
  7. Add celery mixture, celery leaves, raisins, bacon, and parsley to bread cubes and toss to combine. Mix in reserved cider and 1 1/4 cups broth.
  8. Beat eggs in a small bowl, then stir into stuffing; add more broth if stuffing is dry. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake stuffing until cooked through and golden brown on top, about 1 hour.

Do Ahead
Stuffing mixture can be prepared up until step before adding the eggs 1 day ahead; cover and chill.