What’s on the Inside Matters: 6 Stuffed Food Recipes

Only stuffing your food during Thanksgiving is for the birds. So many more foods than just turkey can be stuffed, cooked, and served. Stuffing one food with another is an easy way to combine flavors. It makes whatever you’re serving a little more intriguing, and the presentation will make even an amateur at-home cook look like a top-level chef, so get stuffing with these six recipes.

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1. Spinach stuffed chicken breast

Pepper jack cheese will add a little spice to your dinner with AllRecipes.com‘s stuffed chicken. For a milder meal, you can substitute for another type of cheese, like monterey jack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to half-inch thickness
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place spinach in a large glass bowl and heat in microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute or so, or until wilted. Stir in sour cream, pepper jack cheese, and garlic.

Lay the chicken breasts out on a clean surface and spoon some of the spinach mixture onto each one. Roll up chicken to enclose the spinach, then wrap each chicken breast with two slices of bacon. Secure with toothpicks and arrange in a shallow baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, then increase heat to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, or use the oven’s broiler to cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes to brown the bacon.