Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups

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Tracking Pixel A few nights ago I attended a dinner party that I was super excited to attend. I had a feeling from the moment I walked up the porch steps and saw all of the signs that the night was going to be fun. And I’m happy to say that it was!

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It made me happy to team up Minute® Rice, a brand that I use often.  The theme of the party was Minute Meals, or in other words, meals made with Minute® Rice.

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So of course, all of the dishes served were made with rice.

Minute® White Rice takes only five minutes to make.

Minute 100% Whole Grain Brown Rice takes 10 minutes to make, which is 1/4 of the time it takes regular long brown rice to coo.

Minute® Multi-Grain Medley, the newest product from Minute Rice, comes in pre-portioned bags. It’s a blend of four gluten-free, 100% whole grains (long grain brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice and quinoa) and cooks in 10 minutes.

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We love Minute® Rice in our house. We almost always have it on hand and as I mentioned earlier, eat it often. Despite years of cooking (and eating) it, the dishes I tried at the dinner party really surprised me.

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Arancini are rice balls. Give me a plate of these and some marinara sauce and you won’t see me for a while. So good!

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Blueberry Basil Rice Salad. This one was a cold dish. I would never have thought to pair blueberries with rice. But it worked! The dish is really unique and very flavorful.

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The Brown Rice, Kale, Roasted Tomato And Feta Salad was interesting. I thought it had a real Mediterranean feel to it. Hubby would love it!

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Summer Vegetable And Rotisserie Chicken Rice Bake was delicious. The summer veggies gave the dish a lot of color and flavor.

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I’d never had Horchata before. It was neat! It smelled like rice pudding, and I felt sort of like I was drinking liquid rice pudding. I had mine over ice, but think it might be tasty warm as well.

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Dinner was very enjoyable. Food and conversation was terrific. I got to meet a  couple of ladies I’ve known online for years, as well as meet some new people. Once we were all finished with our meal we were split into two teams. We were challenged to create our own version of fried rice. This would not be difficult, as we were all feeling inspired from all of the tasty and creative dishes we’d sampled.

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The team I was on made Aloha Rice.

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This Polynesian inspired dish featured Minute® Rice, shrimp, pineapple, honey, peppers, and green onions.

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The opposing team made Fruit Rice Medley. I don’t know all of the ingredients they used but I do recall it included Minute® Rice, strawberries, pineapple, and nuts.

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The vote was close. In the end the Fruit Rice Medley edged out our Aloha Rice by a hair. But really, we were all winners. We all had a fun evening. And we realized that it’s fun to expand your cooking creativity. And we were also reminded that with Minute® Rice in your pantry you’ll always have a solution for all sorts of meals. Minute® Rice by itself is great, but you can also add it to salad, include it in a dessert, and pair it with leftovers to make a whole new meal.

Once home I found myself thinking of all sorts of new ideas using Minute Rice. I decided to try my hand at coming up with an appetizer. I decided to use two other favorite items in our house, bacon and cheese. I combined them all to make Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups. We were very pleased. It’s perfect for tv snacking, or as an appetizer. And it’s gluten-free! Here’s how I made them.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups

Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups


  • 3 cups Minute Rice (cooked)
  • 12 slices uncooked bacon (not thick-cut)
  • 4-6 oz block/bar sharp cheddar cheese


You need a mini-muffin pan to make this recipe. I used two of them, each one having 12 wells.

Preheat the oven to 400 f.

Cut each slice of bacon in half, so they’re still the same height but only half as long.

Line each well of the muffin pan with bacon. You want to be sure to circle the entire outside while also making sure the bottom edge covers the bottom of the well.

Spoon rice into each bacon cup.

Slice the cheese into long, thinnish chunks, then stand one in the middle of each cup of rice.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups recipe

Bake for 20 minutes

Serve immediately.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 1, 2015 - 12:03 pm

You had me at bacon, my friend. These sound beyond amazing.

Stefany June 1, 2015 - 1:37 pm

I eat rice all the time. It is one thing that doesn’t seem to upset my stomach the way other things do. The cheesy rice filled bacon cups sounds absolutely amazing. I want to make some now!!!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 1, 2015 - 1:44 pm

You had me at the words “cheesy” and “bacon”. Thanks so much for sharing this. It looks amazing!

Dawn June 1, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Let’s see. Cheese? Check. Bacon? Check. Rice? Check. Congratulations, Val! You’ve made a dish that covers all three of my basic food groups. Yum!

Catherine S June 1, 2015 - 1:55 pm

You can never go wrong with bacon and cheese. These look so amazing and love that they are gluten free. I can’t remember the last time I made something with rice.

Pam June 1, 2015 - 2:09 pm

This looks like a fun event to have attended. We will try the cheesy rice filled bacon cups since my daughter has to eat gluten free.

Maureen June 1, 2015 - 2:30 pm

It looks like such a fun time! I love that you had to create a dish. The cheesy rice filled bacon cups sound amazing!

Jaime June 1, 2015 - 2:57 pm

These bacon cups look delicious. We eat a lot of Minute rice. We’re actually using it tonight in a recipe!

Terry June 1, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Hmmmm I wonder what they sweetened the Horchata with. I need to look it up and see if I can make some and sweeten it with stevia.

Liz Mays June 1, 2015 - 7:07 pm

That brown rice salad with kale sounds soooo good! The bacon cups are so cute too!

Toni | BoulderLocavore June 1, 2015 - 7:27 pm

What a fun and creative Dinner Party! All the rice dishes look great however when I scrolled down to get a peek of that bacon cup, I’m desperate to make them now! SO good.

Veronica June 1, 2015 - 9:03 pm

These sound great! I would like to try most of these

Brandy June 1, 2015 - 9:04 pm

At first, I was thinking rice? No thanks. Not a huge fan, then I kept scrolling and well you made rice look scrumptious to me. I must try to make these!

Theresa June 1, 2015 - 9:59 pm

I love keeping Minute Rice on hand as it’s one thing that my girls can cook all on their own. The bacon cups sound amazing!

Ann Bacciaglia June 2, 2015 - 12:59 am

These look so delicious. I love trying new gluten free recipes. i will have to share these with my gluten free friends.

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert June 2, 2015 - 3:51 am

Cheese and starch together sounds like a dream, followed by a wonderful nap!

Christie June 2, 2015 - 6:38 am

Rice is such a versatile starch for meal time! I love that it can make your meal gluten free easily!

Debbie Denny June 2, 2015 - 9:09 am

The rice bacon cups look awesome. Aloha rice looks tasty also

Jeanine June 2, 2015 - 10:19 am

Oh my! This looks so absolutely incredible. Love how it’s gluten free too, that’s fantastic! Yum

Chrystal @ YUM eating June 2, 2015 - 11:08 am

My husband would love those bacon rice cups. Two of his favorite foods. My husband eats a lot of rice because he really enjoys his Asian food. I eat it once in a while.

Ora Lee Gurr June 2, 2015 - 11:16 am

I can’t wait to try Minute’s multi-grain medley. Gluten-free is always a plus, since so many of my friends require that perk. How great to have the get-together and so much fun.

Crystal June 2, 2015 - 11:33 am

Weeknights get a little crazy around here so Minute Rice saves the day on a regular basis. Your cups sound just perfect for busy families!

Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty June 2, 2015 - 11:39 am

Those cheesy rice bacon cups look like the bomb! We have rice probably 2-3 nights a week in our house.

The Mid-Atlantic Foodie June 2, 2015 - 10:37 pm

I know my family would love these! I can’t wait to try them out!

Carly Brydon June 2, 2015 - 11:48 pm

This definitely looked like a fun dinner party! I can’t wait to try the Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Filled Bacon Cups!

Beth@FrugalFroggie June 2, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Everything looks so splendid. I had no idea all of the wonderful food you could make with rice.

Shannon Gurnee June 3, 2015 - 1:25 pm

I love Minute Rice! This sounds like a yummy recipe!

Christina Shirley June 3, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Looks like a great party! Love your bacon cup creation!


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