Deep-Fried Stuffing

Deep-Fried Stuffing turns leftover Thanksgiving stuffing into a delicious appetizer that’s great for gameday. They taste great on their own and even better dipped in an easy and creamy cranberry sauce.

Deep-Fried Stuffing

Stuffing, or dressing as southerners tend to call it, is always my favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal. And I love to make a huge amount of stuffing so we are sure to have leftovers.

To make Deep-Fried Stuffing you’ll mix 1 tablespoon melted butter, a lightly beaten egg, and 2/3 cup Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese with 3 cups of leftover stuffing. This mixture gets shaped into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. They get dipped in egg wash and coated in bread crumbs. Then they are fried in vegetable oil until crispy.

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Tips for making Deep-Fried Stuffing

  • If you want to make Deep-Fried Stuffing but don’t have any leftover stuffing, use a box of Stovetop Stuffing. Make it according to package directions and proceed with the recipe.
  • The balls will hold their shape better if you start with chilled leftover stuffing.
  • The mixture should be thick enough so that it holds it’s shape well when formed into a ball. If it is too dry to hold together, add a little melted butter, chicken broth or milk.

Deep-Fried Stuffing

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Deep-Fried Stuffing
Deep-Fried Stuffing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Deep-Fried Stuffing turns leftover Thanksgiving stuffing into a delicious appetizer that's great for gameday. They taste great on their own and even better dipped in an easy and creamy cranberry sauce.

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix stuffing, melted butter, 1 egg, and cheese. Shape into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball. (If stuffing mixture is too dry to hold together, add another tablespoon of butter or a splash of chicken broth or milk.)

  2. Whisk together the 2 eggs and milk in a bowl.

  3. In another bowl, combine bread crumbs and salt.

  4. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven to 365 degrees.

  5. In batches ( about 6 at a time) cook the stuffing balls until golden brown on all sides. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.

Recipe Notes

Serve plain, with gravy or you can make an easy cranberry sauce by mixing together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup cranberry sauce, and 1 to 2 teaspoons lime juice.

Deep-Fried Stuffing

8 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Stuffing

  1. Great idea for your favorite stuffing leftovers! Only thing I would change is to place balls on a wire rack and not on paper towels. Paper towels will take some of the crunch out of any fried food.

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