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25 Recipes That Prove Bacon Is The True Star Of Thanksgiving

Move aside, turkey, there's a new sheriff in town.

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1. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon Pecan Streusel and Marshmallow Drizzle

Oh have you been topping your sweet potatoes with just plain marshmallow? That's cute. Recipe here.
Carls Bad Cravings / Via carlsbadcravings.com

Oh have you been topping your sweet potatoes with just plain marshmallow? That's cute.

Recipe here.

2. Basil, Bacon, and Peach Baked Brie

A light appetizer, if you will. Recipe here.
Your Home Based Mom / Via yourhomebasedmom.com

A light appetizer, if you will.

Recipe here.

3. Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple, And Gruyere Bites

For those ~classy~ enough to serve hors d'oeuvres at Thanksgiving. Recipe here.
Table For Two Blog / Via tablefortwoblog.com

For those ~classy~ enough to serve hors d'oeuvres at Thanksgiving.

Recipe here.

4. Bacon-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don't get too excited yet, we're just getting started! Recipe here.
The Gunny Snack / Via thegunnysack.com

Don't get too excited yet, we're just getting started!

Recipe here.

5. Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet and Savory Bacon Pecans

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? Recipe here.
Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

Recipe here.

6. Apple and Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Bacon

No Thanksgiving is complete without butternut squash (and bacon, obvi). Recipe here.
Smile Sandwich / Via smilesandwich.com

No Thanksgiving is complete without butternut squash (and bacon, obvi).

Recipe here.

7. Bacon Balsamic Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts

For bacon and alliteration lovers alike. Recipe here.
Sweetpea Lifestyle / Via sweetpea-lifestyle.com

For bacon and alliteration lovers alike.

Recipe here.

8. Bacon Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

I'm never too STUFFED for more bacon (get it?!). Recipe here.
Betty Crocker / Via bettycrocker.com

I'm never too STUFFED for more bacon (get it?!).

Recipe here.

9. Wild Rice Stuffing with Bacon, Cranberries, and Pecans

Going gluten-free this Thanksgiving? Bacon can help with that. Recipe here.
Tidy Mom / Via tidymom.net

Going gluten-free this Thanksgiving? Bacon can help with that.

Recipe here.

10. Apple Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Every Thanksgiving needs a ~healthy~ option (and by healthy I mean contains lettuce).Recipe here.
Carls Bad Cravings / Via carlsbadcravings.com

Every Thanksgiving needs a ~healthy~ option (and by healthy I mean contains lettuce).

Recipe here.

11. Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash (Topped with Bacon Bits)

Okay, so this recipe doesn't technically call for bacon, but for all intents and purposes we're gonna throw some on top because have you learned nothing from this post?
Prevention RD / Via preventionrd.com

Okay, so this recipe doesn't technically call for bacon, but for all intents and purposes we're gonna throw some on top because have you learned nothing from this post?

12. Cheesy Chive and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Can't forget the mashed potatoes! Recipe here.
The Wicked Noodle / Via thewickednoodle.com

Can't forget the mashed potatoes!

Recipe here.

13. Brown Butter and Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Another kind of potatoes can't hurt, right? Recipe here.
Traceys Culinary Adventures / Via traceysculinaryadventures.com

Another kind of potatoes can't hurt, right?

Recipe here.

14. Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Balls

Too much? NEVER! Recipe here.
Spoon University / Via uchi.spoonuniversity.com

Too much? NEVER!

Recipe here.

15. Bacon And Onion Green Beans

OK, OK, I'm not a monster. Here, have some vegetables.
Real House Moms / Via realhousemoms.com

OK, OK, I'm not a monster. Here, have some vegetables.

16. Maple Galzed Bacon Wrapped Carrots

Mmmm carrots, you look so sexy today! Have you been working out? Recipe here.
Closet Cooking / Via closetcooking.com

Mmmm carrots, you look so sexy today! Have you been working out?

Recipe here.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze

Oh hey there, asparagus, I didn't even see you there under ALL THAT BACON. Recipe here.
Bake-A-Holic Mama / Via bakeaholicmama.com

Oh hey there, asparagus, I didn't even see you there under ALL THAT BACON.

Recipe here.

18. Bacon Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Individual sized! So cute! Recipe here.
Cinnamon Spice And Everything Nice / Via cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com

Individual sized! So cute!

Recipe here.

19. Bacon And Cranberry Chutney

Not even cranberry sauce is free from bacon's reign. Recipe here.
Blog Lovin / Via bloglovin.com

Not even cranberry sauce is free from bacon's reign.

Recipe here.

20. Pumpkin Bacon Mac and Cheese

WHAAAAAAAT?! *keels over dead* Recipe here.
Inspired By Charm / Via inspiredbycharm.com

WHAAAAAAAT?! *keels over dead*

Recipe here.

21. Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon & Sage Butter

And of course, the main event. *rises out of body and goes to heaven* Recipe here.
Five Heart Home / Via fivehearthome.com

And of course, the main event. *rises out of body and goes to heaven*

Recipe here.

22. Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

Don't forget about dessert! Recipe here.
B Sugar Mama / Via bsugarmama.com

Don't forget about dessert!

Recipe here.

23. Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Hahaha did I say dessert? My bad, I meant dessertS. Recipe here.
Ashlee Marie / Via ashleemarie.com

Hahaha did I say dessert? My bad, I meant dessertS.

Recipe here.

24. Bacon Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Just one more can't hurt.Recipe here.
Bacon today / Via bacontoday.com

Just one more can't hurt.

Recipe here.

25. Turkey, Bacon, Cranberry, Smashed Avocado, Brie and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts (with Fried Egg)

And of course, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without the ultimate leftovers lunch. You're welcome. Recipe here.
Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com

And of course, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without the ultimate leftovers lunch. You're welcome.

Recipe here.

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