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In this instructable I will show you how to make Mashed Potato Bacon and Cheese Balls. These tasty morsels are a terrific way to repurpose those leftover mashed potatoes. They are extremely versatile add whatever seasonings and extras you want, bacon and cheddar cheese are my favorite. They are really easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

If you have any questions or comments put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 3 strips of bacon or about 1/2 cup once minced
  • 1/2 cup or so of cubed cheddar cheese (about a half inch cube)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs (any flavor, I use traditional)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground pepper
  • (other potential ingredients, green onion, white onion, etc.)
  • oil for frying (I use canola, but you can use vegetable oil too)

Check out my instructable on homemade mashed potatoes if you need a recipe - https://www.instructables.com/id/Creamy-Mashed-Potatoes/

Step 2: Add Ingredients to Mashed Potatoes

First grab a small pot and fill it about an inch deep with oil. I use canola oil but you can use vegetable oil too. Turn the heat on medium so it can start to heat up. Then take one egg and add it to your mashed potatoes. Then add your pepper, garlic powder, and salt. If your mashed potatoes are already heavily seasoned then skip the extra seasonings. Mix together with a fork until well combined.

Step 3: Make Egg Wash

Now we make our egg wash. Add another egg to a small bowl and mix with a fork or whisk. You may add a couple of tsp. of milk to the egg if you like, to help thin it out a little bit.

Step 4: Add Bacon Bits

Now add your bacon bits to the mashed potato mix. I used three large strips of bacon, after they were cooked, I minced them up with a knife, it made about 1/2 cup worth. Add more or less if you like.

Step 5: Form Balls

Now we take a little handful of potato mixture and put a piece of cubed cheddar cheese in the middle. You can use whatever cheese you like. The cube is about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch in size. Mold the mixture around the cheese to form a ball adding a little more if necessary.

Step 6: Now Dip Them

First we dip the mashed potato ball in the flour, then into the egg wash, then into the bread crumbs, then back into the egg wash then back into the bread crumbs. This will create a nice shell once fried.

Step 7: Prepare the Rest

Now just keep following those steps and form the rest of the balls. They are ready to be fried!

Step 8: Fry Them Up Up Up, Fry Them Up Up Up

Now it is time to fry them up! We let our oil get to 350 Degrees F. A little lower is okay, definitely 325 to 350. Add the mashed potato ball in the oil and turn it every 15 seconds or so with tongs until it gets to be nice and dark brown in color. If your oil is too hot it will brown too quickly before the cheese has time to melt on the inside. Once done, place on a paper towel lined plate. They are finished! :)

Step 9: Video Tutorial

Check out the short video tutorial to see the steps in action!

<p>looks like leftovers may become popular at my house.</p>
Hurray for leftovers!!
Yummy, we had a go at making these and we love this recipe. Everyone wants more, so next time I do double the amount and hopefully everyone will be satisfied. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, much appreciated.
Hurray!!! Glad you made them! And thanks for sharing your experience. I am glad you like them! :) You are welcome!
<p>I made it with bacon. Really so wonderful, so yummy.</p>
Awesome! So glad you made them! :)
<p>great idea. Would these work with an icecream scoop. </p><p>Looking forward to viewing your other stuff. </p>
Thank you! It depends on the size of the ice cream scoop, you don't want the balls to be too large, they will wind up getting bigger after you put the cheese in the middle, and then do the double dipping of breadcrumbs. But you can certainly try it! :) Just try it out with one first, then adjust as necessary. Thank you! Let me know what you think of my other instructables. :)
<p>Thanks Mattt! Great idea! I will try this, this week! :-D</p>
You are welcome!! Great! Yes try them out and let me know what you think! :)
<p>I love this. Thank you for the food idea</p>
Thank you!! You are so very welcome! :)
<p>Do you think this would work with leftover instant mashed potatoes?</p>
You know, I am not sure about that, you can always try it, somehow, I don't think it will work as well. I haven't tried it, though, so I can't say for certain. :) Give it a try and let me know! :)
<p>Matt - do you have any recommendations on how best to serve them? Can they be kept in the fridge and warmed as needed? Microwave or toaster oven potentially? My experience with warmed up breaded balls in the past is mixed based on how well they store.</p>
Hello! I store the ones I don't eat in the fridge, in a zip lock bag, they will keep for a few days, and then I just warm the ones up I want to eat in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds. Not quite as good as when they are fresh, but still amazing! :) I haven't tried warming them in the toaster oven, although I do have one. That will probably help to get some of the crispiness back after being in the fridge. But again, I personally don't mind them being heated up in the microwave.
<p>Looks delicious !</p>
<p>Thank you!!</p>
Great idea! I will definitely be trying this out. Thanks!
Thank you! Let me know how it goes :)

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