Thanksgiving Recipes with Bacon

While turkey may be the main event, we love to enliven hors d'oeuvres, vegetable sides, stuffing, and more with savory, smoky cured ham—from spicy cornbread stuffing with bacon to shredded Brussels sprouts sautéed with pancetta and golden sultanas.

Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon

Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon
The secret to this simple dish is to use the best quality bacon available. Delicious and straightforward, you can whip this dish together quickly while keeping the oven available for other jobs.Vanessa Rees

Parsley and Pancetta Salad

Parsley and Pancetta Salad
Crisp, salty pancetta, earthy parsley, and lemon combine beautifully in this salad from Houston's Dolce Vita restaurant. See the recipe for Parsley and Pancetta Salad »Todd Coleman

Spicy Cornbread Stuffing

Spicy Cornbread Stuffing
Jalapeños and bacon add a twist to classic cornbread stuffing.Helen Rosner

Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote

Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
For this compote, roasted onions, bacon, and chestnuts are simmered in cream with cognac.Ariana Lindquist

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
When you caramelize Brussels sprouts in rich bacon fat, the sweet-salty combination is absolutely irresistible. See the recipe for Brussels Sprouts and Bacon »Todd Coleman

Devils on Horseback

Devils on Horseback
In this version of the classic hors d'oeuvre, oysters are cooked with garlic and wine, then set "astride" toasted garlic bread slices and sprinkled with bacon.Todd Coleman

Turnips with Candied Bacon

Turnips with Candied Bacon
Bacon and charred tomatoes bring smoky sweetness to turnips cooked in goose fat. See the recipe for Turnips with Candied Bacon »Todd Coleman

Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing

Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing
This sage-infused roast turkey is stuffed with a bacon-enriched dressing brimming with wild rice, hazelnuts, and oysters.Todd Coleman

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Golden Sultanas

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Golden Sultanas
The thinly-sliced sprouts in this recipe soak up the flavor from rendered pancetta while golden sultanas bring out the vegetable's natural sweetness. See the recipe for Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Golden Sultanas »Anna Stockwell

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
These poppers have a perfect marriage of textures and flavors—creamy, chive-flecked cheese cuts the bite of roasted jalapeños, while crispy bacon adds crunch.Maxime Iattoni

Onion and Bacon Tart

Onion and Bacon Tart
The custardy batter will puff like an enormous popover in the oven while remaining crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Get the recipe »Todd Coleman

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Autumn Panzanella Salad
Crispy pancetta, peppery arugula, and sweet sautéed shallots give a fall spin to panzanella. See the recipe for Autumn Panzanella Salad »Saveur

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is braised in bacon drippings and enlivened with red wine vinegar and caraway seeds, making it a perfectly balanced holiday side.Ariana Lindquist

Bacon-and-Cheese Deviled Eggs

Bacon-and-Cheese Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are easy to prepare and make for an eye-catching presentation. This charming rendition was inspired by a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich; in this form, it may be more elegant but it's just as delicious. See the recipe for Bacon-and-Cheese Deviled Eggs »Todd Coleman

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
A hearty and classic salad is dressed with a rich mustard-chive bacon sauce. See the recipe for Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing »Andr¿ Baranowski

Shallot and Pancetta Tortilla Crisps

Shallot and Pancetta Tortilla Crisps
Ultra-crisp tortilla pizzettes, developed by SAVEUR test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin, can be tailor-made with just about any ingredients. We like them topped with creme fraiche, shallot, and pancetta, a flavor profile not unlike alsatian tarte flambee.Yossy Arefi

Fondi di Carciofi (Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes)

Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes
Jarred artichoke hearts are wrapped in bacon, secured with a toothpick, and fried to perfection. Briny, smoky, and crisp, these addictive bite-sized treats are ready in a matter of minutes.Todd Coleman

Oyster Stuffing

Oyster Stuffing
We've always been partial to traditional New England–style stuffing, particularly when it's made with French bread, smoky cured pork, and oysters.Helen Rosner

Sweet Peas with Prosciutto (Piselli al Prosciutto)

Sweet Peas with Prosciutto (Piselli al Prosciutto)
In this classic Roman dish, sweet peas are braised until tender and sautéed with salty prosciutto.Todd Coleman

Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Ordinary balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar in the syrup accompanies these seared asparagus stalks. See the recipe for Seared Prosciutto Asparagus »Meredith Heuer

Green Beans with Pancetta and Mint

Green Beans with Pancetta and Mint
This green bean dish is mildly creamy, thanks to a quick blanching in milk, which also sweetens the beans slightly. A garnish of toasted chopped hazelnuts adds a lovely nutty crunch. This recipe appeared with Irene Sax's piece Small Wonders (November 2008), a tribute to Thanksgiving side dishes--though we think it works well anytime of year. See the recipe for Green Beans with Pancetta and Mint »Andre Baranowski

Bacon-Wrapped Scallions

Bacon-Wrapped Scallions
Butcher shops all across Sicily sell these bacon-wrapped scallions called Cipollate con Pancetta.Saveur

Rumaki

Rumaki
Bacon-wrapped bites of chicken liver and water chestnuts were ubiquitous on pupu platters in the mid-20th century. See the recipe for Rumaki»Andr¿ Baranowski