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Mashed Potato Balls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Fried Leftover Mashed Potato Balls, sinfully golden and crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. These easy potato bites are simply delicious, and ridiculously easy to make. The best way to use up leftover mash from big celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, these potato balls are a big hit with kids and adults alike. Serve them as a snack or a nice appetizer.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: International
Keyword: new year's eve appetizers
Servings: 15 balls
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper
  • oil to fry
  1. Mix the parmesan and herbs with the breadcrumbs, then add the flour to a separate dish.

  2. Beat the eggs, season with salt and pepper.

  3. With your hands, shape 15 potato balls (more or less, depending on the size), then coat each one of them with flour, then dip into the egg, shaking off the excess egg, then coat with breadcrumbs.

  4. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to firm up.

  5. Heat up the oil into a deep pan, then fry the potato balls for 3-4 minutes until golden.

  6. You might have to repeat the process a few times, depending on the size of your pan.

Recipe Notes

  • Since the mashed potatoes are already well season, you only need a bit of parmesan and herbs to be mixed with the breadcrumbs for extra taste.
  • And there's a tip if you want super crispy potato balls: REFRIGERATE THE BALLS FOR AT LEAST HALF AN HOUR BEFORE FRYING. In this way, they are firm, and the outside will crisp up nicely, giving you a lovely golden colour.
  • The amount of oil used depends entirely on how big your frying pan is, I would say you need at least one cup, but might need more though.

Nutrition Facts
Mashed Potato Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 6.5mg8%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.