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Fried Mashed Potato Balls Recipe
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Fried Mashed Potato Balls Recipe

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The key to making this recipe is to use mashed potatoes, which are firm from chilling. Serve with sour cream or ranch salad dressing on the side. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying


  1. Place mashed potatoes in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the egg, cheese, onions and bacon bits. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in bread crumbs. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fried Mashed Potato Balls in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p145

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I made potato skins 3 days ago. I had about 3 cups of potato insides that I needed to use. It was NOT turned into "mashed potatoes" (with butter, salt, pepper, milk, etc). Just straight potato gizzards sitting in the fridge. I was making chicken and waffles tonight, and figured mashed potatoes would suck with that, but that maybe some sort of cheesy potato ball concoction might do well with my already unhealthy meal. I looked at lots of ideas before deciding to try this. I wasn't sure if this recipe was calling for potatoes that had been mashed with butter and milk, or just potatoes like I had, but I wasn't about to make mashed potatoes and chill them again. So I didn't. I did smash up the potatoes a bit more using my electric masher type Hamilton Beach thing, then since I had 1c more potatoes than the recipe called for, I altered it accordingly. I added about 1/2c more cheese, using both cheddar and a bit of Monterey Jack. I used real bacon that I diced and cooked instead of bacon bits, and I probably used about 3/4c, maybe 1/2c, which may have been too much. I used 4 stalls of green onions which I imsgine would translate to about what the recipe calls for. Then since my potatoes weren't "mashed" with salt and pepper, I added some to taste. Then I mixed it all together with 2 eggs instead of 1 because of my increased about of potato and inability to cut an egg in half.

I used an ice cream scoop to ball them, and I would say they were about golf ball sized, maybe slightly smaller. I then rolled them all up smooth. I dipped them in an egg wash (just egg, beaten), then very lightly rolled them in Panko breadcrumbs. They then ended up in the fridge while I ran to the store for a beer after all the hard work I did. This was for about 20 minutes. I used a deep fryer (the kind with a basket) and fried 8 at a time until they were golden brown, then drained them on paper towels.
They are really, really good. They did not fall apart. They could use a bit more seasoning and a bit less bacon, maybe a bit more cheese. I think I made them too bacon-y, something I didn't previously think was possible. But they are still darn good, and my recipe is a bit different, so maybe if they're mashed with butter and stuff, they would be better ;D It was an excellent idea that I altered only because of my on-hand ingredients."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"I didn't have any trouble at all and everyone loved these! I made baked potatoes scooped out the potatoe allowed to cool completely. I added cheddar green onion and bacon to taste.mat first I forgot the egg before frying and like others my ball disintegrated in the oil. Oops... Added the egg then rolled in bread crumbs... Problem solved ?? . So key is fresh baked potatoe and don't forget the egg!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"MimiFL4.......The recipe calls for "Mashed Potatoes", but doesn't say "Mashed Potatoes Made w/Butter & Milk". Perhaps the outcome might have been more successful if made w/potatoes that were just peeled, boiled & mashed........w/o adding any other ingredients except seasoning(?) Also, a few comments advised adding flour/bread crumbs to the Mashed Potatoes. When I first read this recipe, my first question was, "What does Mashed Potatoes really mean? My own Mashed Potatoes made w/butter, milk, garlic, S&P? Or literally, just Potatoes that have been Mashed?" It would be very helpful if the "Mashed Potato" step was clarified in the recipe. There's nothing more frustrating than a recipe that fails when frying w/oil is involved."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"Nothing but mush. I tried everything. Balls held together great until about 45 seconds in the oil, then they would start to fall apart. I tried adjusting the size (made them smaller) I tried adjusting the temperature of the oil (up and down). I tried adding more crumbs. I tried cooking them longer/shorter. Even cooking one at a time. Nothing. They would get a light brown, the cheese would start to melt, the breading would then fall off. Ugh. Eventually I just gave up and flattened them and cooked on a skillet with just a little cooking spray and cooked for five minutes each side. The flavor was eh. The mess was huge. The recipe was flawed-something was not taken into consideration in order to have a consistent result with all who tried it. I pride myself on being an excellent cook, so something has to be wrong...maybe the amount of butter or milk or whatever that people make their mashed potatoes out of makes a difference. So, just a little heads up before you try them...I wish I hadn't wasted my ingredients, time, and energy... I joined this site just to give this review so that others may be aware of what could happen...*sigh*"

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"every one Loved them. Also when mixing my potatoes ,I mixed in some flour & mixed together. I made over or close to 100 as this was for a large dinner of about 27 people. I went by feel of the mixture. Also cooked in Deep Fryer and kept warmish/hot in oven. Another occasion I tried doing them the day before & heated in the oven."

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