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Mashed Potato Puffs

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

I’m a little weird. Come Thanksgiving or Christmas, while everyone’s looking forward to turkey and stuffing, I’m looking forward to mashed potatoes and gravy. And it’s not so much the mashed potatoes themselves because I find them rather plain when they’re not drowned in gobs and gobs of gravy. It’s the gravy. I’m a gravy hog.

While other people’s plates will be a colorful assortment of everything on the table, mine would be 1/4 assortment and the rest of the plate invaded by mashed potatoes which you wouldn’t even recognize because it’s drowned in a lake of gravy. And I put extra gravy on my turkey just in case. If the gravy is almost gone, all you have to do is look on my plate to find it.

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

So without gravy, let’s try and breathe some new life into mashed potatoes. Let’s add texture. By adding some eggs, we’ll puff it up in the oven so you’ll get crispy, puffy mashed potatoes on the outside, but creamy and soft mashed potatoes on the inside.

And we’ll beef up the mashed potatoes by loading them up with tons of cheese, bacon bits and chives. Then once it’s all said and done, we’ll eat the puffs with sour cream. Think of this as a mashed potatoes version of my hash brown egg nests recipe that went viral.

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

These. are. DELICIOUS. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I can’t get enough of them. Here’s a warning:  you should probably make two batches to avoid family feuding! The more leftover mashed potatoes you have the better. These are so good you should make mashed potatoes just to make them. I’ve actually done this and carried these puffs proudly to potlucks. And you can actually cheat by using instant mashed potatoes. No one would know the difference.

Okay, onto some technique.  When you mix it all together, it’ll look a little mushy. But have faith. It’ll work some puff magic in the oven and lose that mushy, flat, lifeless form. Have faith in the puff magic. It’ll happen.

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

So mix, mix, mix, which is pretty easy and then mound it into a greased muffin tin (I used a regular sized non-stick one). The messier you mound in the mashed potatoes, the more texture it’ll have later. So no worrying about how pretty it’ll look. Mound it in messily! Then we top with some yummy Parmesan cheese and bake for 30 minutes. If you want to make them even smaller and bake a teeny tiny army of mini potato puffs, then you can use mini muffin pans but bake them 10 minutes or so less. Or you could use brownie bar pans and make fun tightly packed square potato puffs.

Not too bad for mashed potatoes without gravy!

Want something crispy on the outside with soft, fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes on the inside? Try out these loaded mashed potato balls.

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Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!

Mashed Potato Puffs


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

Work some magic on your mashed potatoes with mashed potato puffs! These loaded potato puffs will breathe some new life into your leftover mashed potatoes!


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Combine mashed potatoes, eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon bits and chives
  2. Season with pepper if needed
  3. Grease a muffin pan and mound a spoonful into each cup
  4. Sprinkle each cup with Parmesan cheese
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees F or until golden brown
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and dish and serve warm with sour cream

Notes

Adapted from the The Kitchn

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119 Comments

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    Lynda L Button
    February 14, 2021 at 7:16 PM

    I made these tonight, and they are great! I didn’t add bacon or chives, just shredded cheese, garlic, salt & pepper. Easy to assemble and baked for 30 minutes. They popped right out of the pan and had a wonderful crispy shell. Will be making them again. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 25, 2021 at 10:28 AM

      Happy to help, Lynda. I love crispy anything too. Also, it’s good to know they hold up well flavor-wise without all the fixings.

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    Babs
    December 30, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    I make extra every time I make mashed just so I can make these. Served with a salad it’s a great, easy meal. I find they heat up well in the microwave too! One of my all time faves! Looks elegant with a dollop of sour cream and chives. THANKS!

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      The Cooking Jar
      December 30, 2020 at 12:47 PM

      You’re so welcome! I love mine with sour cream too, the color contrast almost looks like you’re serving up a delicious pastry 😛

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    Reenie
    December 24, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    How easy was this!!!!! Used leftover mashed potatoes and they were ssssoo good. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      December 30, 2020 at 10:49 AM

      You’re welcome Reenie 🙂 Glad you found something easy to do with your leftover mashed!

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