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Pat Koch

I rarely have leftover mashed potatoes, and when I do, I have always just reheated them. Today’s recipe offers another option: Fried Mashed Potato Balls.

In fact, the next time I make mashed potatoes, I may just cook extra so I can try this recipe. I also like the fact that this recipe is very easy to cut in half so you can still do it with only a cup and a half of leftover mashed potatoes.

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced (optional)

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Ground black pepper, to taste

1 1/3 cups panko bread crumbs

2 cups canola oil, or more if needed for frying

In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes with bacon, cheese, chives and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Place the eggs in one shallow bowl and the bread crumbs in a second shallow bowl. Roll the mashed potato mixture into 1–2-inch smooth round balls. Dip each ball into the eggs, then thoroughly cover with the bread crumbs. In a large cast-iron skillet on the stovetop, heat about three inches of oil to 375 degrees. In small batches, fry the mashed potato balls until golden brown, about two to three minutes. Frying in small batches keeps the oil from becoming too cold and ruining the cooking process. As done, remove the balls from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.


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