Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffing Bites is an appetizer that allows you to creatively use your stuffing left over from a holiday meal. If you don’t have any leftover stuffing (a common affliction) make up a new batch using a couple of boxes of stovetop brand with some freshly browned chorizo mixed in.
Bacon-Wrapped Chorizo Stuffing Bites
(Mark Kelly, 2015)
Makes about 32 appetizer-sized bites
5 – 6 cups of leftover stuffing
2 lbs thick-cut bacon
8 – 10 oz. chorizo, uncased and browned
If you are making stovetop stuffing for this recipe substitute turkey broth for the water. Make and combine with chorizo a day ahead of time and refrigerate over night.
Preheat oven to 350F using convection setting.
Combine the chorizo with the leftover stuffing. To form the stuffing into four 1-inch to 1 1/2-inch diameter logs place a sheet of plastic wrap (about 12-inch by 16-inch) on work surface and lay one-fourth of the stuffing mix on the plastic wrap. Roll, compressing to make the stuffing mix tight and dense. Set aside. Repeat three more times with the remaining stuffing.
Cut bacon slabs crosswise to create 4 to 5-inch pieces. Lay eight pieces from each half slab of bacon next to each other on a works surface. Unwrap one stuffing log an place it on the bacon. Close each piece of bacon around the stuffing and secure each piece of bacon with a toothpick. Cut the log between the pieces of bacon and place them one a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining three half slabs of bacon and the three remaining stuffing logs.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and browned. Serve warm.