Bacon & cheese stuffing gems

Bacon & Cheese Stuffing Gems Recipe

Could anything be tastier than this combo of bacon, cheese and leftover stuffing? Whether you serve it as an appetizer or a side dish, our recipe for Bacon and Cheese Stuffing Gems is an inventive way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers with a new and delicious twist. You could even serve these mini muffins to your guests for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving!

Yield: 20 gems
Nutrition facts: Per gem: 72 calories, 4.6 g fat, 6 g carbohydrates (0.8 g fiber), 2 g protein, 182 mg sodium

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3 slices bacon
2½ cups leftover cooked bread stuffing
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
⅓ cup finely minced scallions
Milk or broth (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 20-cup gem or mini-tart pan
  2. Cut the bacon crosswise into ½-inch slices. You need 20 total. Discard any pieces that are all or mostly fat.
  3. Place the stuffing in a bowl, and break it up a bit with a fork. Add the cheddar and scallions, and toss well to distribute evenly. If the mixture is at all dry, moisten it with a little milk.
  4. Using a heaping tablespoon per “gem,” press the stuffing mixture into the gem cups. Top each with a piece of bacon. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked.

Tip: If you don’t have a gem pan, you can do this in a regular 12-cup muffin tin (with smallish cups). Use the same amount of stuffing per muffin cup, and make more than one batch.