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Leftover Stuffing Crunchy Mozzarella Balls

Use leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving to make these yummy crunchy mozzarella balls!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella torn into small pieces
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying vegetable, canola, or peanut


  • First, make the mozzarella balls: wrap a small piece of mozzarella in 2 tablespoons of leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, sealing completely.
  • Bread the mozzarella balls: coat lightly in beaten egg, then coat in panko. Set aside on plate until all are breaded.
  • Add the oil to a deep, heavy bottomed pan and bring oil to 350°. If you don't have a thermometer, flick a very small amount of water into the oil to see if it sputters. It's ready if it does!
  • Fry the mozzarella balls for about a minute on each side until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel, and enjoy immediately!
Keyword crunchy mozzarella balls, leftover mashed potoates, leftover stuffing, thanksgiving leftovers
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