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 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.

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

I had the same problem with them falling to pieces in the oil. So I prepared another egg wash, dipped them again and then rolled them a second time in the bread crumbs before cooking them in the oil and that worked like a charm. They were perfect after that. I will definitely make them again using the "double dip" method. They were a huge hit with the family!!

Reviewed May. 28, 2013

Followed the recipe. The balls just fell apart into bread crumbs

Reviewed May. 22, 2013

Good recipe and i wonder how this would work using mac and cheese inside???

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2013

I found this recipe on a different site. You have to add flour to your potato mix to hold it together. I just eyed the flour, but it takes a bit to make them stay in a ball. Other than that, they were good. The more cheese the better also.

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