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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!

These little bite-sized puffs are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes after the holidays. They’re crispy on the outside but warm and creamy on the inside. If you have some cold leftover mashed potatoes sitting in the fridge after Thanksgiving or Christmas, try baking them into these puffs.

We’ll breathe some new life into mashed potatoes by adding some texture and then we’ll load them up with tons of cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and chives. With some eggs, we’ll puff them up in the oven so you’ll get crispy, puffy mashed potatoes that go great with a generous dollop of sour cream on top and some fresh chives.

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!

Making these kinda feels like a little cooking magic. Take a look at the before and after pics; it’s a little hard to believe some eggs and baking can do that. They’re great for little breakfast bites, appetizers, or sides, and get a ton of compliments at potlucks and holiday gatherings. Also, you’re not limited to only making them with leftover mashed potatoes. I’ve made mashed potatoes plenty of times just to make these.

For other potato recipes to serve during the holidays, you can also try these garlic Parmesan sweet potato stacks which also use a muffin tin. Or these loaded mashed potato balls which are even crispier than these puffs. There’s also a sweet potato casserole which is a staple with my family during the holidays. But back to the recipe, let’s start making some puffs!

HOW TO MAKE MASHED POTATO PUFFS (1 MIN)

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.

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 TIPS AND TRICKS

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.

So mix, mix, mix, which is pretty easy and then mound it into a greased muffin tin (I used a regular-sized non-stick muffin pan). 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!

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!

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 for 10 minutes or so less. Or you could use brownie bar pans and make fun tightly packed square potato puffs.

And that’s about it. It’s easier to watch the video for a general idea on how to make it and then go from there. It also helps to prove how magical these things can from looking like sad, leftover mashed potatoes to puffy potato bites. Enjoy!

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Several mashed potato puffs topped with sour cream and fresh chopped chives.

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 heaping spoonful into each cup.
  4. Sprinkle each cup with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 400°F or until golden brown.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and dish and serve warm with sour cream.
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123 Comments

  • Reply
    Theresa Franco
    September 9, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    YUMMMM!!! I will definitely make these as an appetizer again. I added onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes for a kick. Do they freeze well?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 11, 2021 at 1:11 PM

      I’m happy you liked it! I can’t get enough of them either. Those are also excellent additions!

      As for the freezing, that’s a tough one as I’ve never done it before. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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    Christianne
    May 18, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    I only have one mini cupcake pan and I need to make these for a party. Can I make them in advance and then reheat them on a cookie sheet?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      May 18, 2021 at 4:30 PM

      Absolutely. These guys reheat well. Good luck at your party and thanks for making the puffs!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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 😛

  • Reply
    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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