- Peanut or canola oil, for frying
- 1 stick butter, divided
- 5 to 6 ribs celery from the heart, about 2 cups, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large crisp apples, such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Macoun, left unpeeled and diced
- 2 large fresh bay leaves
- 1/2 cup loosely packed herbs such as fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 6 cups homemade croutons of stale bread or 1 bag stuffing cubes, sage-and-onion flavored or traditional Pepperidge Farm brand
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 quart chicken or turkey stock
- 2 eggs
- 1 pound sliced bacon
- Toothpicks, for serving
Heat peanut or canola oil in a fryer or a Dutch oven to 375°F. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter foams, add the celery, onion, apples, bay, herbs, salt and pepper, and cook to soften 10-12 minutes. Add cubed bread, season with poultry seasoning and moisten with stock; stir to absorb.
Butter a casserole dish with 1/2 tablespoon of the remaining butter and fill pan with stuffing. Use the rest of the butter to dot top. Roast the stuffing 30-40 minutes until crispy at the edges.
Once stuffing has cooled, mix in 2 eggs and form/shape into golf-ball-sized portions. Wrap each stuffing ball in bacon and secure with a toothpick. Fry for 3-4 minutes until bacon is golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.