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Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Balls

Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Balls are here to rock your holiday! Dress up leftover stuffing with cheese, barbecue sauce, and dried cranberries, wrap in bacon and bake for these super tasty, salty sweet stuffing balls. Directions for making easy stuffing are included to make these any time of year for a special treat or party finger food.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 246 kcal


  • 3 cups prepared stuffing see Notes
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 12 slices uncooked maple flavored bacon see Notes


  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • In a bowl, combine the stuffing, cranberries, cheese, and barbecue sauce.
  • On a large cutting board or bake sheet, lay out the strips of bacon.
  • Use your hands to grab a bit of stuffing (~heaping 1/4 cup) and form a ball. Place on a strip of bacon. Repeat with the rest of the stuffing mix, taking and adding to balls so they are uniform and all the stuffing is used.
  • Wrap each slice of bacon around its stuffing ball, and secure each with a toothpick. Transfer onto a grate set over a rimmed bake sheet to catch the drippings.
  • Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked through and crisp.


To quickly make stuffing for this recipe, I mixed 1 box turkey-flavored Stovetop stuffing with 1 large egg (lightly beaten), 2 tsp dried minced onion, and 1-1/4 cups water. No baking required, simply let the mixture sit ~15-20 minutes for the stuffing to absorb the liquid and proceed with the recipe above.
Be sure to use thin (regular) sliced bacon and not thick sliced bacon.


Calories: 246kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) | Protein: 8g (16%) | Fat: 12g (18%) | Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) | Cholesterol: 30mg (10%) | Sodium: 754mg (33%) | Potassium: 111mg (3%) | Fiber: 7g (29%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword leftover stuffing recipes, stuffing balls
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