Mashed Potato Balls


Need something to do with all those left over mashed potatoes after Christmas dinner? You need a recipe? Yes, a recipe from me! I've had people ask me what kinds of recipes I have up my sleeve. You know, since I write a blog on children's lunches, I should SURELY have some recipes to share too! Truth is, I don't have too many. Just as the lunches I create scream "EASY!", so do the rest of our meals. My husband and I eat a lot of raw vegetables and fruit. Crackers. Cheeses. That's about what we eat. My husband and I enjoy Trader Joe's already prepared meals too. It's not that I can't cook. It's just that life right now is tough with two small kids at home, so why not make it easy and pick up meals that are already prepared? That's my rant for the day.

But this recipe? You're gonna want to try this one. I am a pro at sides. I can whip up some amazing sweet potatoes and broccoli casserole (my mom's recipe). I can make some amazing guacamole (that's a whole different post). Ask me to roast a turkey, and you're asking the wrong girl! But ask me to make you all the sides you'll eat for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, and I'll have you covered! Garlic mashed potatoes are my specialty, and I usually make wayyyyy too much. And you know why I make too much? Because I whip up some fried mashed potato balls a couple of days later.

So are you ready for the recipe? All you need to do is use your left over mashed potatoes. I make garlic mashed potatoes. They are good. They are REALLY good. But they are even better when I add bacon and cheese and roll them up into little balls.

Yields 12 Potato Balls

4 cups of already prepared cold mashed potatoes
8 slices of bacon (sliced into little pieces)
5 eggs
1/4 cup of chopped onions (or scallions)
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs (we used Progresso Italian Style)
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup of olive oil
8 ounce container of sour cream (optional)

1. Combine the cold mashed potatoes, bacon, 1 egg, onions, cheddar cheese in a large bowl.
2. Shape the mixture into balls.
3. Roll the balls into the flour. Then roll the balls into the remaining four eggs. Then roll the balls into the breadcrumbs.
4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the potato balls, a few at a time until they are golden brown (they should be crispy!).
5. Remove balls with a spoon and onto a paper towel to drain excess oil.
6. Serve warm and with sour cream!
7. Enjoy!!