These Bacon Stuffing Bites are loaded with all the flavors of the holidays, but they’re so easy to make you can enjoy them any time. Stuffing, bacon, cranberries, and more come together to create a savory dish that you’ll love.
We love taking classic flavors and doing something different with them, and that’s exactly what we did with these bacon stuffing bites. What we did is we took boxed stuffing and turned it into little muffins exploding with all of our favorite flavors of the holidays. We make these bites year-round, they’re so good! They have become one of our favorite appetizers!
Bacon Stuffing Bites
Although these bites are stuff, as it were, with all the flavors of the holidays, you can make them any time of year. That’s because these flavors pair perfectly with more than just turkey and ham. You can serve them with beef, pork, chicken, or even as tasty little appetizers. We’ve even served them as a side with pot roast on more than one occasion.
They are so good with just about everything. We even served them as a side for turkey sandwiches when we had leftover appetizers. You really can’t go wrong. Just heat them in the toaster oven for a few minutes.
We brought these to a party as an appetizer once and they were a huge hit! They were the first to go. and we brought a triple batch! Now we make them as appetizers for so many occasions. They are always a huge hit.
We start with Stove Top stuffing, the classic box stuffing we all know and love. Then we add bacon, whole berry cranberry sauce, orange Jello, orange juice, and orange zest. All of those flavors come together to create sweet and savory little bites that are perfect with almost any meat or simply eaten on their own.
Bacon Stuffing Bites Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Pre – cooked bacon – We like Hormel Black Label
- Stove Top Stuffing
- Whole berry cranberries – We use Ocean Spray
- Nonstick spray
- Orange juice
- Orange Jello
- Orange zest
**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities.
Making these little bites doesn’t require much equipment at all. It only takes a few simple kitchen implements.
- Measuring spoons
- Muffin tin
Bacon Stuffing Bites Instructions
Making this recipe is as easy as gathering up the ingredients. It only takes a few incredibly simple steps to make these!
Step 1: Make the Jello MIxture
Place the orange Jello in a small dish, then add the orange juice and stir to dissolve. Place the cranberries in a bowl, add the Jello mixture, and stir well. Finally, add the orange zest, mix, and place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill.
Step 2: Prep the Muffin Pans
Spray a 12-count muffin tin with nonstick spray and line each muffin with two strips of pre-cooked bacon. Set aside.
Step 3: Make the Stuffing
Make the Stove Top Stuffing according to the package directions.
Step 4: Make the Bacon Stuffing Bites
When the stuffing is done, fill each muffin tin with the stuffing, then, bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until the stuffing turns golden brown. Remove the bites from the oven and place them on a serving plate. Top with the cranberry sauce mixture or serve it on the side.
Hint: For a nice variation, make your own crispy bacon and crumble it into the stuffing before baking.
You can store these bites in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
This is a very simple recipe, but there are a couple of tips to ensure you make the best possible version of this recipe.
Pre-Cooked Bacon – Pre-cooked bacon is essential to this recipe. It eliminates all the grease that comes with cooking raw bacon.
Spray the Tins Thoroughly – Be sure you coat the entire muffin portion of the tin evenly with nonstick spray to prevent the bites from sticking.
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Bacon Stuffing Bites FAQ
If you have questions about these bacon stuffing bites, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about these tasty bites.
How long are these bites good?
They’ll last for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Why are my stuffing bites dry?
You probably didn’t add enough water. This can happen with these bites especially because you’re baking them after cooking the stuffing on the stove.
Why are my stuffing bites mushy?
You went the other way and added too much water.
Why do I have to use pre-cooked bacon?
Pre-cooked bacon keeps the stuffing bites from being greasy. Bacon makes a lot of grease as the fat renders during cooking, and you don’t want that in your bites.
We have tried using regular bacon and it does work but the stuffing bites were greasy. You can use regular bacon but you will have to par-cook it enough to get the grease out and be able to wrap it around the bites. Also we like the fact that it saves time by not having to cook the bacon.
Try These Bacon Stuffing Bites for Yourself
These bacon stuffing bites take all the flavors we love about the holidays, combines them with bacon, and serves them up in convenient little bites. They’re a new twist on holiday sides. BUT they’re also a great side or appetizer any time of year.
Whip up a batch of these bacon stuffing bites and serve them with your favorite meats or simply as an appetizer. No matter how you choose to serve them, we know you’re going to love them.
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These Bacon Stuffing Bites are loaded with all the flavors of the holidays, but they're so easy to make you can enjoy them any time. Stuffing, bacon, cranberries, and more come together to create a savory dish that you'll love.
- 1 package pre-cooked Bacon – I used Hormel Black Label
- 1 box Stove Top Stuffing -any flavor is fine
- 1 can Whole Berry Cranberries – I used Ocean Spray
- Cooking Spray
- 2 – 3 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Orange Jello
- 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
- 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
Place the Orange Jello in a small dish, and add the Orange Juice. Stir to dissolve.
Open the can of Cranberries, and place the Cranberries in a dish. Add the Jello mixture to the Cranberries, and stir well. Add the Orange zest and mix to blend. Stir well, and place in the refrigerator.
Spray a 12 count muffin tin with the Cooking Spray, and line each muffin well with 2 strips of the pre-cooked Bacon, and set aside
Make the Stove Top Stuffing according to package directions. when Stuffing is done, fill each muffin tin with Stuffing, and place the muffin tin in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the top of the Stuffing turns golden brown.
Remove from the oven, and place Stuffing Bites on a serving plate.
Serve topped with Cranberry sauce, or can be served with Cranberries on the side. Enjoy!