Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole is always a family favorite, and these scrumptious little bite-sized versions are just as tasty, and work great as an appetizer instead of a main course. Sometimes I even serve baked mashed potato balls with gravy or veggie dip on the side! Ridiculously good!
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
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How to Make Perfect Mashed Potato Balls
When I was a kid, whenever there were leftover potatoes everyone cheered because it meant our favorite for breakfast- potato pancakes! But I have to admit that mashed potato balls with bacon and cheese are even better.
- Mix mashed potatoes, green onion, and 1/4 of the bacon crumbles together. If potatoes are dry, add a little milk, water, or even sour cream to moisten. Be careful not to use too much. These potatoes should have a slightly sticky, dough-like texture making them easy to shape.
- Roll mixture into one inch balls, as with cookies. If you don’t have fresh green onion on hand, use dried chives and add a little onion powder. Flatten each ball into a pancake shape.
- Place a cube of cheese in the middle of each pancake and wrap the potato around the cube. Roll into a ball shape again.
- Dip ball into egg rolling it around to cover completely, then dredge in bacon bits. I like to keep a bag of bacon crumbles on hand, but you can make your own if you prefer. Alternately you can use Panko crumbs and sprinkle parmesan on top! So delicious!
- Bake on a cookie sheet until the cheese melts and starts to bubble out. It’s that simple!
Can They Be Reheated?
Mashed Potato Balls can easily be reheated.
- Microwave: Simply place them in a microwave safe dish and heat for about 10-20 seconds. (Times will vary depending on microwave.) After 7-10 seconds, check to make sure the bacon isn’t getting overdone. If they still aren’t hot enough, reheat at 5 second intervals until desired temperature is reached.
- Oven: Preheat oven to 325°F, place them in a baking dish covered with foil, and heat for about 10 minutes or so (checking that the bacon crumbles don’t burn.)
Other Delicious Additions
These potato balls taste great alongside our garlic dill refrigerator pickles. There is something about the cool tart pickles that just sets off this mouthwatering treat!
Mashed Potato Balls are also great with a variety of dips. Serve them at a party with a combination of gravy, cheesy chili dip, sour cream and onion dip (my fave) or ranch. They’ll disappear off the plate in seconds so be sure to make lots!
More Bacon Filled Appetizers
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball – perfect combination of bacon & cheese!
- Bacon Cream Cheese Biscuits – ready in 15 mins!
- Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots – perfect finger food
- Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs – simple & super delicious
- BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites – 4 simple ingredients!
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls with Bacon Bits
- 2 cups mashed potatoes cold
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese cubed
- ¼ cup green onions chopped
- ½ lb bacon cooked & crumbled
- Mix mashed potatoes, green onion, and 1/4 cup of the bacon crumbles.
- Shape mashed potatoes into 1 in. balls.
- Put a cube of cheese into the potato ball and press potatoes around it until cheese is completely covered.
- Roll into a ball.
- Dip the ball into the eggs, then dredge in the bacon bits.
- Place onto cookie sheet or baking dish.
- Bake at 375°F for 15- 20 mins or until cheese is oozing out.