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Several stacked loaded mashed potato balls in a bowl covered in white parchment paper.

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 24 balls 1x


Loaded mashed potato balls are so crispy on the outside but soft, fluffy and creamy on the inside. Impress your guests at potlucks, parties and holiday dinners!


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  • 3 cups chilled mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • Pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Combine the filling ingredients and mix well.
  2. Prepare the breading stations with one bowl of flour, one bowl of beaten eggs and one bowl of panko bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Dust your hands with flour and use an ice cream scoop to measure the balls.
  4. Pat them gently to form them into balls and roll them in the palm of your hands to get them perfectly round.
  5. Immediately dust them with flour and set aside. Repeat until you have 24 flour-dusted balls.
  6. Drop a ball into the egg mixture and use a spoon to flip it over until fully coated.
  7. Lift the ball with the spoon and tilt the spoon at the edge of bowl to drain off any excess egg.
  8. Drop it in the panko mixture and use another spoon to dredge it fully. Pat in any excess bread crumbs. Set aside and repeat with remaining balls.
  9. Fry in batches in hot oil over medium-high heat until golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  10. If baking, bake at 400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes or until browned.
  11. Dish and serve hot.
  12. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins