All Stuffed Up: Stuffed Chicken Breast, Surprise Cupcakes, Jalapeño Poppers & More

I like getting presents—I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this sentiment. That’s why I’m all about these stuffed recipes lately. With one delicious food tucked neatly into another equally delicious food, every bite is like unwrapping a gift.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers for Two: Special-occasion coming up? Skip the Mexican restaurant and make this impressive (but secretly simple) dish yourself. Tender red peppers are the perfect little vessels for a flavorful meaty mixture.

Stuffed Shells: What’s better than baked pasta? Baked STUFFED pasta. You can’t go wrong when jumbo shells cradle a super simple creamed spinach-like filling—the secret ingredient? Cottage cheese. For real.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers: Pack a jalapeño with a creamy, cheesy filling and you have an amazing appetizer. Wrap it all in bacon, and you have a wonder of culinary innovation. How is this not everywhere already?

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts for Two: If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like different foods to touch—well, I don’t know how you got this far—but this recipe is not for you. If, however, like me, you want a little bit of everything in each bite, you’ve come to the right place. Fresh spinach and seasoned stuffing soak up those delicious chicken juices, plus the presentation can’t be beat.

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Cheesy Spinach Bundles: What is it about spinach that makes it so fantastic when tucked inside something else? Maybe it has something to do with how good it tastes with cheese. Either way, this super-simple appetizer benefits from spinach’s special powers.

Cheesy Stuffed Butternut Squash: Take everything you love about a double-stuffed baked potato, multiply it by butternut squash’s natural sweetness and velvety texture, add a buttery, crunchy topping and voilà! Your new favorite fall side.

Black Forest-Stuffed Cupcakes: These cupcakes look innocent enough from the outside, your average frosted chocolate cupcake with a cherry on top. But take a bite and you’ll be delighted to find a cheesecake-inspired cherry filling. Cakes are great, but surprise cupcakes are where it’s at.

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