Crispy, Golden and Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

November 6, 2018

Mashed Potato Balls

Everyone loves mashed potatoes and we usually have way too many leftovers. If you can't figure out what to do with the leftover mashed potatoes, just take a look at this 25 minute recipe. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Janet Nichols


  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced chives
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 egg beaten
  • 1 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs


  1. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes with cooked bacon, cheddar, chives, and garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.

  2. Place eggs and panko in separate shallow bowls. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop 1” to 2” balls of mashed potato mixture. Roll into a ball in your hands, then dredge first in egg and then in panko. Repeat until all mashed potatoes are used. 

  3. Heat 3” of oil in a large cast iron skillet until candy thermometer reads 375°. Fry potato balls in batches until golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and season immediately with more salt.


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