A delicious cross between cheesy mashed potatoes and fries, these Baked Mashed Potato Balls are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!
Happy Post-Thanksgiving Day (a.k.a. Thanksgiving leftover day). I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great nap. Have you decided what you’re doing with your leftovers? Since I have the turkey carcass in my fridge, I am going to attempt turkey soup for the first time. :-0
I also have some beyond amazing Balsamic and Caramelized Onion gravy and some mashed potatoes left and had been wondering what to do with them. I had seen recipes for mashed potato balls before and was feeling pretty ambitious, to I whipped up a batch today. I’m so glad I did.
These Baked Mashed Potato Balls are SO. GOOD. They’re like the perfectly golden cross between cheesy mashed potatoes and french fries. Think fries with a fluffy mashed potato center.
Most recipes have you fry the mashed potato balls to get them nice and brown, but I wanted to go the healthier route and bake mine. They’ll still get nice and golden brown if you have a little patience and are ready to crank up your broiler.
So if you have some leftover mashed taters in your fridge that you’re worried might end up in the trash (I’ve been there), don’t dismay! These are super easy to make and my kids loved them. Best part? If you wanna get rid of some other leftovers, serve them with leftover gravy or cranberry sauce. Or you can go with kid-friendly ketchup. We love them with BBQ sauce. However you serve them, I guarantee they’ll be a hit!
- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar or shredded cheese blend of choice
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp preferred seasoning blend
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- Leftover gravy or cranberry sauce or ketchup or BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix mashed potatoes and shredded cheese together (I just used my hands).
- In another bowl, combine panko, garlic powder, seasoning blend, parsley, and salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg.
- Roll mashed potato mixture into golf ball-sized balls, then dip each one into the egg mixture and then the panko mixture. Sprinkle panko over tops of each ball and gently press to make sure crumbs adhere to each ball.
- Place balls in prepared baking sheet and lightly spritz with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes, turn and spray, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Turn oven to broil and bake until balls are golden, turning as necessary and watching closely to make sure they don't burn. Remove from oven, serve with gravy, cranberry sauce, ketchup, or BBQ sauce and enjoy!