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Mashed Potato Cups Recipe

Mashed Potato Cups Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 163 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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annie1992 User ID: 2246916 260437
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"I also thought these were a little bland, but overcame that by adding more butter while rewarming the potato cups. Adding garlic would be good, or maybe some cream cheese. I've frozen mashed potatoes in muffin cups for years, then packaged them in freezer bags. When my girls were in school they would come home, take out a frozen "puck" of potatoes, heat it in the microwave with more butter and that would keep them from starvation until I got home from work. :-) it's very convenient when you only want a single serving of mashed potatoes."

Joan User ID: 8974905 257260
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"Disclaimer - I have NOT made these yet, so I had to base my review on the NI, and the picture only. These look soo good - are you sure that 1/2 cup of potatoes (and the added ingredients) are only 16 carbs, AND the potatoes in the picture are only 1/2 cup each??"

TouchedPainter1 User ID: 3219070 238109
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...."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 237567
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

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

Minai User ID: 8553593 236943
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."

janrouh13955 User ID: 7431986 235781
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."

rileycooke User ID: 3484176 235751
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."

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 235748
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"We love mashed potatoes, large portions. This is pretty much how I make mine except I add a couple of bay leaves and fresh cracked black pepper to the salted water when boiling them. In addition too the cheese I add finely diced bacon, fried crisp and use either half and half or heavy cream in place of milk. I can't see the point in dirtying a muffin pan though."

sallygirl7 User ID: 7182986 235736
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Kind of confusing. The recipe calls for milk and butter and yet it then calls for mashed potatoes without milk and butter ? get it right"

4072675402 User ID: 8427587 233928
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Are The mash potato please in the muffin cups them in muffin pan. Other rose them Will fall apart when you remove from muffin pan. You do not give dire tuona."

Hungrygourmet User ID: 7797399 232600
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"I am lazy. I used one package of instant mashed potatoes, the cheese and I added real bacon bits. I froze them in the muffin tin, then took them out and put them in a freezer bag. There is only two of us, so I only have to take out two. They fit nicely into a custard cup."

kbnp User ID: 8183352 222688
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"These potatoes look so good!! I'll be trying them. I searched for "meatloaf" on this site.......320 results. Could someone please state which meatloaf recipe was on this page? I find no meatloaf recipe on my page."

Boscodog User ID: 8246698 219764
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Sounds good and easy to do !"

jennifer.sheremetta User ID: 4604333 213983
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"These I had high hopes for and in the end they were ok. Need much more seasoning than called for, though. that 1 tsp of salt, just didnt do the trick. Next time, Im adding garlic, a little more salt and little more cheese and bacon."

jesupol User ID: 757516 152042
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"The meat loaf recipe from that page in quick cooking was called double meat loaf."

slo_cook User ID: 5004100 156808
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"This how I make mashed potatoes when I make something we really like and are going to have 2 or 3 nights in a row, such as meatloaf. I always use paper muffin liners so the potatoes come out easily. This is a basic mashed potato recipe. I swap out the 2% milk for half and half, we like rich foods. You can add whatever you like to these mashed potato cups, bacon, green onion, diced sharp cheddar, etc. Try dropping a bay leaf or 2 to the potato water when you turn the heat on, it will add a depth of flavor."

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 160588
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"Comment & Question: I no longer have back issues of ToH. Can someone tell me what Meat Loaf recipe is on the same page. This looks like something I'd like to try."

love2cooktoo User ID: 6135750 66847
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"Awesome idea...but do they really come out of the muffin cup in one piece??"

cooksuk User ID: 7314556 78447
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"What weight of potatoes do you need to get 6 cups?"

quickneasymmm User ID: 6509971 153530
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Super portion size for us watching our calories.

No matter what these Potato cups are super yummy!"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 69291
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"My family really liked these little mashed potato cups. They make a nice presentation, and their size is about right for a diabetic portion. I used regular instant mashed potatoes. Definitely make with the meatloaf recommended, which is outstanding!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 135479
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These were really good. I made them with the meatloaf on the same page."

j_eavou User ID: 3311243 152041
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"these were good, made them before, most of of us have, but the portioning technique and freezing advice was great!"

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