TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2/3 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 203 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 819mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine potatoes and egg. Using an ice cream scoop, place eight mounds of potato mixture onto a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. Combine the onion, celery, beef, oats, milk, salt and pepper; shape into eight meatballs. Press one meatball halfway into each potato "cup". Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until the meat and potatoes are browned.
  3. Meanwhile, for gravy, melt butter in a small saucepan; remove from the heat. Blend in flour. Stir in water and bouillon. Add browning sauce if desired. Cook and stir until smooth and thickened. Spoon gravy over potato cups and pass any remaining gravy. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Meatballs in Potato Cups in Country Ground Beef 1993, p46

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