I hope you enjoy these Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls! This dish has a little touch of everything that makes Thanksgiving so great, all in one bite! These delicious Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls are also the perfect meal for any occasion!
Are these Thanksgiving Balls or Turkey Meatballs?
Whether you call these bad boys Thanksgiving Balls or Turkey Meatballs is all up to you. To make these turkey balls we use leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. Including the mashed potatoes! Whatever you decide to call these, the point is these Turkey balls are insanely delicious!
You won’t have to wait until the next Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter to enjoy them again. Believe me! Throughout the year, you’ll definitely find yourself grabbing a turkey breast just to throw these together!
Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls
These Turkey Balls, are awesome if you do Friendsgiving or any sort of Thanksgiving potluck. I am sure these would always be a hit!
For this recipe, I make homemade gravy that is a killer using fresh herbs like sage, tarragon, thyme, and Rosemary. But you are welcome to use store-bought gravy.
No egg or eggs are used to bind the Turkey balls.
To make these Turkey balls, simply mix equal parts of mashed potatoes and stuffing, adding a bit of shredded turkey as desired. To taste, season with black pepper or not as this is already seasoned.
What you need to make leftover turkey stuffing balls:
Leftover turkey: Dress up your leftover turkey into delicious balls and use them to make the best turkey meatballs.
Stuffing: A mixture of herbs and starch. Use for foods like poultry, seafood, and vegetables.
Mashed potatoes: This recipe is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes.
Panko: Traditional Japanese breadcrumbs used as a covering for fried meals. Produced by briefly baking coarse breadcrumbs to enhance their crunch.
Gravy: Use store-bought or make your own.
Butter/oil (or you can bake): For searing the turkey balls.
To make this recipe gluten-free (you should use these ingredients instead):
- Substitute stuffing with your favorite gluten-free bread or make your own homemade stuffing.
- Check for gluten-free gravy. When buying, always make sure to check the label for any gluten ingredients. Or simply make your own gravy.
- Some gluten-free substitutes for Panko are dry bread crumbs, crushed pretzels, or matzo meal.
This is a super simple recipe using leftover mashed potatoes and turkey. This is a delicious dish that you’ll surely be making over and over again!
Steps To Make Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls
Step 1: Mix equal parts of mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Step 2: Next, add the shredded turkey meat.
And mix well with your hand:
Step 3: Shape the mixture into balls like you are making meatballs.
Step 4: Place them in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the exterior is slightly firm up and lightly & fully on the inside.
Step 5: Serve smothered in gravy. If you would like, you can add a dollop of cranberry.
For extra goodness, roll the turkey balls in seasoned panko, coating all sides, and slightly fry them in a little butter/olive oil just until warmed through. I like this a lot as the brown bits make these turkey balls so much better!
There are so many recipes to make use of leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing. But this Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls recipe is my favorite for all good reasons! You should give this a try very soon. I am sure that you’ll love and gobble these up, too!
Tips to make fool-proof Turkey Balls
- To make the balls easier to shape, let the ingredients come to room temperature.
- Or you can slightly heat the mashed potatoes, adding a little butter if needed.
- You can also slightly heat the stuffing in the microwave, adding a little broth or water if needed to remoisten.
- It makes a whole lot of difference in crusting the leftover turkey balls in panko and lightly frying them.
Frequently asked questions
Is leftover stuffing safe?
Stuffing or dressing would stay fresh for up to 3 to 4 days after cooking if stored properly in the fridge. Alternatively, you can store it in the freezer for up to a month.
How to make leftover stuffing better?
To an oven-safe dish, transfer the stuffing. Feel free to add a splash of broth if the stuffing seems dry. Pop in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and reheat for 20 minutes, covered with foil. Then, uncover and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until crisp.
Delicious Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls – Perfect for Any Occasion!
Enjoy Thanksgiving in one bite of these delicious Leftover Turkey Stuffing Balls!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 balls 1x
- Category: Appetizer, Main Course
- Cuisine: American
1 ½ c. shredded turkey
3 c. mashed potatoes
3 c. stuffing
Optional: Black pepper
Set the oven to 375 degrees. Using cooking spray, lightly grease a baking sheet.
Meanwhile, reheat the potatoes and stuffing. This will make them easier to handle.
Throw the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey into a big bowl. If desired, season with black pepper. Mix well.
Shape the mixture into balls, firmly pressing each ball down to make a snowball.
Onto the prepared baking sheet, line the balls. Bake the turkey balls for about 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven.
Place the Turkey balls on serving plates and smother them in hot gravy.
For this recipe, there is no need for real measurement. Just mix equal parts of mashed potatoes and stuffing with half the portion of shredded turkey.
I like coating these balls in panko and frying them in a little olive oil/butter like a crab cake. You can chill these balls a bit as they are super soft before frying.
How To Make it Gluten free
Use your favorite gluten-free bread in place of stuffing, or make your own.
Gluten-free gravy or homemade.
Dry bread crumbs, crushed pretzels, or matzo meal are great gluten-free substitutes for panko.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 97
- Sugar: 1.9 g
- Sodium: 295.2 mg
- Fat: 3.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 14.6 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 7.7 mg
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