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Loaded Mashed Potato Balls


These delicious bite-sized snacks filled with bacon, cheese, chives, and other tasty seasonings are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!

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  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, or more, as needed
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan


Servings 25
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

Heat vegetable oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.

In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheese, chives, cayenne pepper and bacon.

Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch balls, forming about 25.

Working one at a time, dip balls into eggs, then dredge in Panko, pressing to coat.

Working in batches, add balls to the Dutch oven and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan, if desired.


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