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Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

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Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 25
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Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Crunchy golden-brown deliciousness on the outside, loaded mashed potato goodness on the inside. Resistance is futile.

Ingredients

1
pouch Betty Crocker™ roasted garlic mashed potatoes
2
tablespoons butter
1/2
cup milk
3
slices bacon
3/4
cup shredded cheddar cheese
1
large egg
2
tablespoons chopped chives
1 1/2
cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
4
cups vegetable oil

Directions

  • 1 Cook the Betty Crocker™ mashed potatoes, with the milk and butter, according to package directions. Let cool to room temperature.
  • 2 Cook your bacon until crispy. Set aside on paper towels. Once cool, crumble into bacon bits.
  • 3 In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, cheese, egg, chives, and bacon bits. Mix until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Toss in the panko bread crumbs until completely covered. Set aside on a plate to rest 15 minutes.
  • 4 Heat the oil in a large, wide pot. Once the oil is hot enough, gently lower the balls into the oil and fry until golden all over. Continue frying in batches and set aside on paper towels to drain.
  • 5 Garnish with extra chives and serve immediately.
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Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

There's so much goodness going on here, I might weep.

I don't even know where to start. 

Should we talk about how cheesy they are? Or bacony? Or the fact that they are FRIED? I never fry anything. And when I do, I like it. Everything in moderation, including moderation, right? (Thanks, Julia Child.) 

So you basically either start with leftover mashed potatoes, or a super quick pouch of Betty Crocker potatoes. And you make them, and add cheese, bacon, and chives. Roll them around in some Progresso panko, dip them in some hot oil for a nice golden crisp, and hallelujah! I'm gonna go eat leftovers real quick. 

But first, let's do this step by step. 

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Grab one pouch of Betty Crocker's mashed potatoes! I went with roasted garlic. And it was a good decision.

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

While the potatoes are cooking, render your bacon. 

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Get the potatoes all nice and fluffy. 

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Then in a big bowl, add the potatoes, an egg, cheese (LOTS), the bacon crumbles, and a bunch of snipped chives. 

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Then you'll just roll them up in little balls, roll them around in some panko and set them aside on a plate to rest a few minutes. You want them nice and room temp before hitting that hot oil. 

Speaking of, I didn't photograph the frying because the pot was heavy and I was scared. The end. 

 

Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

But look! Golden brown crispy greatness just waiting for your mouth to take it all in. 


And then look how cheesy the center is. Uuuuuugggggghhhhhhh. 

Give me the whole platter. 

Bev likes frying things. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

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Tips  

Cheesy, bacony, and deep fried, these loaded cheesy mashed potato balls are super easy and so incredibly good, you'll want to eat the entire batch. We wouldn't blame you if you did. Start with either leftover mashed potatoes, or a pouch of Betty Crocker mashed potatoes, and add cheese, bacon, and chives. Give them a quick roll in Panko breadcrumbs then set them to rest for a few minutes. You want them nice and room temperature before hitting the hot oil. Then just fry them to a golden crisp. Garnish with a few extra chives and enjoy the golden brown crispy greatness and cheesy centers.

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