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Game Day Cookin’ Part 2…..


As promised, here is another terrific Superbowl recipe that is guaranteed to be a huge hit with your guests, and don’t tell anyone, they are a breeze to whip up. Bite size, smoky, crispy fried and ooey gooey delicious. Does it get much better than that? Don’t go thinking you’ll stop after one. Won’t happen!

Best of luck with all of you Superbowl cooking, and may the best team win!! Who’s performing half time this year? I will be watching that, oh and some of the commercials. My poor husband!

Smokin’ Mozzarella Balls

Vegetable oil for frying

8 oz container Fresh Mozzarella “Ciliegine” (cherry tomato size)

1/2 Cup flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 egg

2 teaspoons adobo sauce from can of chipotle peppers (add more if you like it spicy)

½ Cup Italian Bread Crumbs

¼ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

¼ Cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

1 Cup of your favorite marinara or pasta sauce, warmed

1. Pour a couple inches of oil into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to 350 degrees F. with an appropriate thermometer.

2. Drain liquid from mozzarella balls and pat dry with paper towels. Place flour, salt and pepper into medium size bowl. Place egg and adobo sauce into a second bowl; whisk to combine. Place bread crumbs and parmesan cheese into a 3rd bowl; mix to combine. Roll mozzarella into flour, then into eggs, then press into bread crumb mixture.

3. Carefully place 4-5 coated balls at a time into hot oil. Use a “spider” to constantly move them around in oil. Cook for 30-60 seconds or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Continue until all have been fried.

4. Place all balls onto a serving plate along with a bowl of marinara sauce. Serve warm.

4 servings

Enjoy the rest of your week, see you soon with some wintery dinner recipes!

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  1. 1
    Culinarywannabe says:

    Oh wow! What a cute play on mozzarella sticks!

  2. 2
    natalie says:

    oh yum! I’ve always wanted to make mozzarella sticks, but these are so much cuter!

  3. 3
    Barbara Bakes says:

    I’m going to try this recipe next time I’m craving mozzarella sticks!

  4. 4
    Patsyk says:

    What a great idea! It’s so funny, but I’ve been waiting for Part 2 so I could see what else you came up with… we are suddenly hosting a Super Bowl gathering and I wanted to borrow some of your recipes!

  5. 5
    Rebekah says:

    Growing up there was a restaurant in my town that did these but with cheddar cheese, I loved them!!! Your recipe looks so good, perfect bite-sized goodness!! Can’t wait to try them!

  6. 6
    Allie says:

    I love making these, but never thought about the little balls instead of cutting stick size. These are much easier to pop in your mouth!

  7. 7
    Katie's blog says:

    They look absolutely wonderful!!!

  8. 8
    Meg says:

    My husband would love if I made these beauties for him!

  9. 9
    Sara says:

    The look great! I think I’ll be making them for the big game! 🙂

  10. 10
    carol says:

    Fried ooey-gooey cheese….sounds awfully good to me!!!! What a great game-day addition!

  11. 11
    Kim A says:

    I loved these…I can’t imagine how good the cajun ones would be!!! Miss you you little booger!!

  12. 12
    That Girl says:

    These are even better than mozzarella sticks, because you can put the whole thing in your mouth and not have to deal with the dreaded – melty cheese connecting the piece in your mouth to the piece in your hand!

  13. 13
    Rita - Creatively Domestic says:

    I am from the Midwest where “Cheese Balls” – with cheddar cheese inside – are very popular, but once I moved down South, no one knew what I was talking about! These reminded me of Cheese Balls and look sooooo good!

  14. 14
    Tasty Trends says:

    those mozzerella balls look sooo yummy!!! wow! they didn’t ooze out when frying???

  15. 15
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I wouldn’t mind burning my tongue on these!

  16. 16
    Rachelle says:

    Ooey Gooey goodness!

  17. 17
    Carrian says:

    We love fried mozzarella!! Sometimes ours ooze out even if we have frozen them first. Any suggestions? Anyway, thanks for all the recipes, I left you some awards on my blog.

  18. 18
    Bunny says:

    Perfect little poppers for the game Jenny!

  19. 19
    Kevin says:

    These sound so good! Bookmarked!

  20. 20
    Aggie says:

    Wow Jenny these are awesome!! I love the commercials and halftime show best! 😉 Oh and of course the food!

  21. 21
    Mila says:

    I love these! Unfortunately the boys will just gobble them up without even knowing what they ate…and all that hard work will go for nothing!

  22. 22
    Elra says:

    Jenny, this is unbeleivable delicious looking mozrella I’ve ever seen. Perfect for the game for sure.

  23. 23
    Emily says:


  24. 24
    Stephanie says:

    Those look delicious! I love cheese sticks, so I think these would be especially good because they’re bite-sized!

  25. 25
    Emily says:

    Oh yum Jenny! This superbowl I am more into seeing what the commercials are . . . and making some goodies! These cheese balls sound awesome! Enjoy the game!

  26. 26
    Rocky says:

    oh wow, yummy!!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE your blog/recipes/etc!!

    I was wondering if you could help me with something. I noticed you had buttons on the right side of your page and a feature where I can add it right to my blog. How did you set that feature up?


  27. 27
    alexandra's kitchen says:

    yum! love the idea of adding adobo sauce to these. i’m always game for spicing things up a bit!

  28. 28
    Zesty Cook says:

    WOW – these look amazing! I just virtually ate the whole plate. Love them


  29. 29
    Anne says:

    Those look fabulous Jenny! I’m with you on the half time show and commercials. It’s the only part I watch!

  30. 30
    Girl Japan says:

    The presentation is fabulous, the appetizers divine. I’ve never watched the super bowl.. EVER- but I am so there just for the fabulous bites!

  31. 31
    PaniniKathy says:

    These sound incredibly easy and delicious. I love the addition of the adobo sauce for smokiness. I can just see myself popping a whole plate of these!

  32. 32
    Nicole says:

    Oh ymu! I am starving and those look so good!!!! Happy super bowl.

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    apparentlyjessy says:

    Yum, they look very tasty! We don’t get the super bowl here in Australia, in fact, we hear more about the adds, than the actual game! But I do like the idea of all the yummy super bowl food!

  34. 34
    Colleen says:

    Can there be a more perfect food than fried cheese? YUM!

  35. 35
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    These look right up my alley. Beautiful!!!!!

  36. 36
    Ashley says:

    These look stellar! Can’t wait to try them!

  37. 37
    Lucy says:

    I just printed 3 recipes from your site. I cant wait to try them. You have great taste..


  38. 38
    Kimm Geria says:

    Got the cheese and going to make these babies up for football night. Thank you so much.

  39. 39
    tu bep dep says:

    Wow, wonderful weblog format! How lengthy have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The entire look of your site is great, let alone the content material!

  40. 40

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  41. 41
    cool math says:

    Note:Cook for 30-60 seconds or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Continue until all have been fried.

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