Bacon & cheese stuffing gems

By Hallmark staff on November 29th, 2023
Bacon cheese stuffing gems thanksgiving leftover 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 fibre), 2 g protein, 182 mg sodium

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Bacon cheese stuffing gems thanksgiving leftover recipe


  • 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.