Carnivores love these meat-free balls. Serve as an appetizer, on a sandwich, with a meal, or over noodles. I like the mushroom gravy and egg noodles for a yummy Stroganoff.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 35 mins
100 small meatballs


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine mozzarella cheese, eggs, cracker crumbs, pecans, onion soup mix, and celery salt in a large bowl. Form mixture into small meatballs.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan. Cook meatballs in batches until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on a baking sheet lined paper towels.

  • Transfer meatballs to a large slow cooker. Cover with cream of mushroom soup. Use the empty can to measure and pour in milk. Cook on Low until flavors combine and soup mixture thickens, 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute any nut meal you like. A food processor or coffee grinder can be used to grind the nuts.

Use any kind of cheese you like.

You can cook meatballs in a 50-50 mix of grape jelly and chili sauce (such as Heinz(R)), soup mix (such as Lipton(R)) mixed with water or tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, or any flavor soup you like (but it should be thick).

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 11.1g 22% DV; carbohydrates 14.4g 5% DV; fat 16.3g 25% DV; cholesterol 91.5mg 31% DV; sodium 555.3mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
These were really good! I loved the flavor. The only change I made was to simmer them in the cream of mushroom sauce instead of using a slow cooker. Read More