Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

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Loaded Mashed Potato Balls: Crispy, Golden, and Irresistibly Delicious!

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls are your new go-to holiday appetizer, especially when you are looking to use those garlic mashed potatoes leftover from the festive feast.

This easy potato recipe is the epitome of the ultimate comfort food, transforming leftovers during the holidays into a comforting and satisfying meal that’s both soft and crispy.

An easy recipe, a family-friendly snack that’s perfect for the holidays or any potluck event.

It’s a make-ahead recipe, allowing for easy prep and the ability to prep in advance, making it the ultimate holiday appetizer.

Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer or a dish that will be the talk of the party, these soft and crispy balls are sure to be a hit!

Plate of Loaded Mashed Potato Balls served in a white plate, highlighting the appetizing golden exterior.

Why Loaded Mashed Potato Balls are a “Must-Try”

Creating fried mashed potato balls is a delightful way to revamp your holiday leftovers, making it a family-friendly recipe that’s perfect for potlucks or any get-together.

Here’s why this dish is a must-try:

  • Easy Prep: Just gather your basic ingredients and follow the simple steps.
  • Make Ahead Recipe: Prep in advance and fry them up just before serving.
  • Kid-Friendly Snack: A hit with the little ones, ensuring a joyful snack time.
  • Versatile: Whether it’s a holiday appetizer or a casual snack, these potato balls fit every occasion.
Plate of Loaded Mashed Potato Balls served in a white plate, highlighting the appetizing golden exterior.

Detailed Breakdown of Ingredients

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Mashed Potatoes: The base of this dish, using garlic mashed potatoes leftover ensures a flavorful start.
  • Bacon (Optional): Crispy, savory bits add a smoky flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Adds a creamy, savory depth to the balls.
  • Fresh Chives: Impart a mild, aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Introduces a spicy kick, balancing the creamy textures.
  • Eggs: Act as a binding agent, keeping the balls intact during the frying process.
  • Panko: Offers a crispy, crunchy coating, making every bite more enjoyable.
  • Parmesan: Introduces a salty, nutty flavor, elevating the dish.
  • Oil: Used for frying, it ensures the balls are golden and crispy.
Platter of crispy and delicious Loaded Mashed Potato Balls, showcasing the creamy texture inside, perfect for holiday gatherings.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Your Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

  1. Combining Ingredients: In a bowl, combine mashed potatoes, bacon (optional), cheddar cheese, fresh chives, cayenne pepper, and eggs.
A bowl with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon ready to be mixed.
  1. Forming Balls: Shape the mixture into small balls, then roll them in a mixture of Panko and Parmesan.
Potato cheese balls, ready to be deep fried.
  1. Cooking: Heat oil in a pan and fry the balls until they are golden brown and crispy.
  2. Serve: Once cooked, serve the Loaded Mashed Potato Balls hot, garnished with extra chives if desired.
Four golden Loaded Mashed Potato Balls with crispy coating, placed closely, showcasing their crunchy texture and golden brown exterior, ready to be enjoyed.

Recommendations for Recipe Variations

The possibilities for variations are plentiful with this easy recipe. Here are some exciting twists:

  • Bacon and Green Onion: Add crispy bacon bits and chopped green onions for a smoky and flavorful twist.
  • Broccoli and Cheddar: Incorporate finely chopped broccoli and extra cheddar for a veggie-packed, cheesy delight.
  • Sweet Potato: Substitute mashed sweet potatoes and add a hint of cinnamon for a sweet and savory option.
Golden-brown Loaded Mashed Potato Ball with crispy Panko-Parmesan coating.

Simplified Storage and Reheating

  • Storage:
    • Fridge: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    • Freezer: Freeze in a single layer in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month.
  • Reheating Options:
    • Oven: Reheat at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.
    • Microwave: Heat in 30-second intervals, checking between each until hot.
Stack of Loaded Mashed Potato Balls.

FAQ Section

Can I bake the Loaded Mashed Potato Balls instead of frying them for a healthier version?

Yes, baking is a great alternative to frying. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until golden brown and crispy.

What dipping sauces go well with Loaded Mashed Potato Balls?

They pair well with a variety of dipping sauces like sour cream, ranch dressing, marinara sauce, or spicy mayo. Feel free to choose one that you prefer!

Can I use instant mashed potatoes?

Yes, instant mashed potatoes can be used as a time-saving alternative, just follow the package instructions to prepare them.

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Golden and crispy Loaded Mashed Potato Balls filled with creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and fresh chives, served as a delicious appetizer.
Yield: 15 servings

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls are a scrumptious blend of creamy mashed potatoes, sharp cheddar, and aromatic chives, encased in a crispy Panko and Parmesan coating. This easy, make-ahead recipe transforms leftovers into a family-friendly snack, perfect as a holiday appetizer or a delightful treat at potlucks. It’s a flavorful journey of soft interiors and crunchy exteriors, making every bite a comforting delight!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 ½ cups Panko
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Combining Ingredients: In a bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, fresh chives, cayenne pepper, and eggs.A bowl with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon ready to be mixed.
  2. Forming Balls: Shape the mixture into small balls, then roll them in a mixture of Panko and Parmesan.Potato cheese balls, ready to be deep fried.
  3. Cooking: Heat oil in a pan and fry the balls until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve: Once cooked, serve the Loaded Mashed Potato Balls hot, garnished with extra chives if desired.Four golden Loaded Mashed Potato Balls with crispy coating, placed closely, showcasing their crunchy texture and golden brown exterior, ready to be enjoyed.

Nutrition Information

Yield

15

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 33mgSodium 290mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 5g

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