Bacon-Wrapped Stuffing Balls


My family loves these. They can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. They can be stuffed with sliced Italian sausage, chunks of cheese, or other small savory treats.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 stuffing balls


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (Optional)

  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper (Optional)

  • ½ cup chopped celery (Optional)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (Optional)

  • 2 cups stuffing mix (such as Kraft® Stove Top®)

  • ½ (8 ounce) package softened cream cheese, cut into chunks

  • ¼ cup softened butter, cut into chunks

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • cup very hot water

  • cup bread crumbs, or as needed

  • 6 slices bacon, or more to taste (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red bell pepper, celery, and onion; cook and stir until softened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Combine stuffing mix, cream cheese, butter, and beaten egg in a large bowl; add hot water and mix well until incorporated. Let sit until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in red bell pepper mixture. Shape into 1-inch balls.

  4. Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Roll balls in bread crumbs; arrange them on a baking sheet. Flatten slightly into patties. Wrap patties in bacon.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until bottoms are browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Flip and continue baking until crisp on top, about 10 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

If mixture looks dry in step 2, add more water. The mixture should be wet and sticky, but not runny. If it is runny, add more stuffing mix or bread crumbs.

I usually leave several balls unwrapped to cut down on the amount of bacon fat in the pan. All of the balls take on bacon flavor during cooking even if they aren't wrapped.

Cook these on the grill instead of baking if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
11g Fat
31g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 175mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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