Mashed Potato Cups Recipe
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Mashed Potato Cups Recipe

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This recipe makes a tasty side dish that's a nice alternative to the standard potatoes or rice. —Jill Hancock, Nashua, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 6 cups hot mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 163 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 345 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, add milk, butter, salt, pepper and 1-1/3 cups cheese to mashed potatoes. Grease two 6-portion muffin pans; divide potato mixture between pans. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; top with parsley.
  2. Cover and freeze one pan for up to 3 months. Bake the remaining pan, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  3. To use frozen potato cups: Thaw in the refrigerator. Bake as directed. Yield: 2 pans (6 servings each).
Originally published as Mashed Potato Cups in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p57

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Hey Girl, I'm up in Epsom. These look great. I am doing this for my next potatoes. I use only the whole raw milk from the farmer down the road. I love to fully load my mashed potatoes. I put all kinds of stuff Italian, pizza. Chinese, etc. In the smaller cupcake tins lined w/ puff pastry, or the poppin' fresh rolls flattened out, these will make great appetizers. I can't wait to experiment. Bacon, ham, corned beef, sausage, Kielbasa cheeses, topped w/marmalade glaze. Gimme someplace to go to.... I need to create some potato stuffed pastry apps. Everyone loves my apps. Thank you for your delightful potato cups. Goin' to make some now...."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"I added chopped chives and garlic. I used cupcake liners and they worked well."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"Cute idea, but not functional from the looks of it. Perhaps if you used a silicon liner or small ramekin cups you could make these more effectively. Recipe itself was a little bland. We also used garlic, extra salt & more cheese, however we put ours in ramekins."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I'm confused: if you have to scoop them out of each Cupcake Holder on the pan, wouldn't it be easier to just make them in one large bowl (like normal) and scoop them out of the bowl? The novelty of it is nice, but functionally it's more work and more to clean up."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"sallygirl7 - most people add milk and butter to their mashed potatoes. The recipe is telling you not to do that when you mash them because you will add it further down in the recipe."

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