Whether that mozzarella cheese in your fridge is shredded, fresh, pearl, string, or block, you can put it to work with these creative ideas.

January 20, 2020

1. Mozzarella Garlic Biscuits

Flatten the biscuits from a refrigerated can (not the flaky kind). Wrap each biscuit around a ¾-inch cube of mozzarella and roll into balls. Set, seam side down, on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven about 10 minutes. Brush with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, a pinch of salt, and finely chopped parsley.

2. Veggie Pizza

This pizza is great with any vegetables you have on hand. Put 2 matzo crackers on a baking sheet. Spread on 1/4 cup marinara sauce, then lightly sprinkle with garlic salt and oregano. Top with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, a sliced tomato, and 1/4 cup sliced black olives. Bake in a 350°F oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

3. Cheesy Meatballs

Next time you're making spaghetti and meatballs, add cubes of mozzarella to the centers of your meatballs.

4. Marinated Pearls

Stir together 1/3 cup olive oil, a few tablespoons chopped fresh basil and parsley, 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, 2 to 3 minced garlic cloves, and 1 Tbsp. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Add 1 lb. mozzarella pearls. Chill at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Enjoy them on salad, skewered with cherry tomatoes, or over pasta.

5. Keto-Friendly Mozzarella Sticks

Freeze a package of mozzarella sticks a few hours or until firm. Cook bacon slices (1 for each cheese stick) in a skillet over medium-high heat until just starting to crisp but still pliable. Wrap each cheese stick with a bacon strip. Bake in a 400°F oven 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with marinara for dipping.

This article originally appeared in the February/March 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.