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Fried Mashed Potato Balls














Holidays at our house always means tons of food and leftover mashed potatoes! I have a rotating mix-in for the mashed potatoes, depending on who’s making it, but they’re usually choke full of butter, garlic, and sour cream. This recipe was just something that I came up with on my own while trying to rejuvenate our leftover mashed potato. It is great addition for breakfast, brunch, and of course dinner–and even better for just an afternoon pick me up snack. Sometimes I add different things like leftover bacon bits or ham, or cheese… but they’re also great just with a handful of chopped green onions. I have always made them with panko instead of regular bread crumbs, which I think really helps the mixture stay together and not fall apart during frying. They’re so addictive and versatile that sometimes I throw in extra potatoes when making mashed potatoes to ensure that I have leftover for these….Happy eating!!

EDIT: A great sauce to accompany these wonderful little snacks is Garlic Mayonaisse that I used  with my Sweet Potato Fries w/ Basil Salt.

3 cups stiff mashed potatoes (preferably cold)
2 medium-size eggs
1/4 cup of sliced green onions
1-1/2 cups of panko
Oil for frying

Heat about 1-1/2 inch of flavorless oil to about 375 degree in a shallow frying pan (you want something with a pretty good surface area since the balls need to be fried in smaller batches to ensure that they’re not crowded).

Beat the two eggs lightly in a medium-sized bowl. Mix in the mashed potatoes and green onions. Using a 1-1/2 inch ice-cream scoop, make potato balls. Roll them onto a plate of panko.

Fry the potato balls a few at a time, and let each side turn into golden brown color, about 2-3 minutes total. Don’t attempt to flip them until the crust is developed and browned. Then flip to the other side, and let brown. Serve warm.

Yield: 28 potato balls


46 Responses to “Fried Mashed Potato Balls”

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    adamswife06 — January 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I ALWAYS make too many mashed potatoes and 99% of the time they end up going to waste, this will be a great way to use them up.

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

      Great Carrie! Let me know how it turns out!

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    Chef Dennis — January 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    those mashed potato balls look delicious!! but really whats not to like about mashed potatoes any way you serve them!
    thanks for such a creative use, I always have leftover mashed and neve quite sure what to do with them!

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

      Hi Chef Dennis-Thanks for visiting my blog! I agree; who doesn’t love mashed potatoes??

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    Christine — January 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    A great way to use leftover mashed potatoes! I like to dip them in egg whites then fry it instead of using bread crumbs.

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Good idea-I should try that next time!

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    freshandfoodie — January 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Um, YUM! Cool idea. I’ve never had fried mashed potato balls, but what’s not to like?!

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Agree ;-)

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    Grumpy Goat — January 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Cool idea. Do you dip them in anything or eat as is?

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

      I was going to make dipping sauce w/ them, but was too lazy ;-) But yes, I think they will be great w/ ranch or mayo-based dressing/dip. Even vinegar-based. Very versatile really!

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    sarahtherebel — January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    YES! My grandfather and I always saute our leftover mashed potatoes, but this looks even better! Thank you :)

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Anything fried is good in my book ;-)

  7. #
    J — January 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I absolutly LOVE mashed potatoes… and this takes the cake on the dinner plate tomorrow!

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

      Great! I hope you enjoy them!

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    sweetwhimsyblog — January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    oh these would be perfect as an appie at a party. Have you had deep-fried macaroni and cheese balls? Very similar and very good!

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

      Nooo… I have never tried it before – but that does sound yummo. I should try it next time! Thanks for the idea.

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    Jen — January 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Wow these sound great! I like the versatility and that they can be added to just about any meal or eaten as a snack. bravo!

    • h2babe — January 12th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      Yes, me too! I like versatile recipes like this one!

  10. #
    Babygirl — January 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Let me just say how much I love this post and this recipe. This is sooo great. I have to make these.

  11. #
    photoshtuff — January 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Oh my goodness what a great idea! I’m definitely gonna try this the next time I have leftover mashed potatoes!

  12. #
    Tiffany Talks! — January 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    This sounds delicious! :)

    • h2babe — January 15th, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

      Yes it was!

  13. #
    oneshotbeyond — January 13, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I’ve had these before…they are wonderful with a bit of gravy in the center too! :-)

    • h2babe — January 13th, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

      What a great idea-never thought of it! Thanks for sharing!

  14. #
    rsmacaalay — January 13, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Looks like those balls are tasty, will replace my chips with this one

    • h2babe — January 13th, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

      Sounds like a tasty plan ;-)

  15. #
    gftaster — January 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I wonder if I can make these without egg. hmmm… I hope so!

    • h2babe — January 16th, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

      The eggs function as a binding agent to hold the mashed potatoes together; so I think there is a risk that they won’t stay together when fried without the eggs. It may work if you bake them instead of fry? Let me know if you try it without the egg, I’d love to know how it turns out!

  16. #
    thewonderingchef — January 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds delicious and its a great party-food idea! Some extras like curry or sumac could make them even a bit colourful and could spice them up a a little, i guess,

    But green onion is yum yum, and I guess im trying this one out! Thank u for the idea!

    • h2babe — January 17th, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      That would definitely add a nice kick!

  17. #
    bluemixer — January 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of this! Amazing!

  18. #
    heelsextremity — January 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm


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    happylifehappywife — January 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm


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    Jacqueline — October 3, 2011 at 12:23 am

    When do you ever have leftover mash potatoes? This never happens in my life!

    • h2babe — October 3rd, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      ;-) We made 5 lbs of potatoes for 4 people one time, so I had to find a more clever way to use them up!

  21. #
    Suzette — November 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Yummm! We are in a cooking challenge for Mashed Potatoes and would like to use your recipe (with due credit given). We will post on Nov 7th. Come check out your/our recipe and send your friends to vote.

  22. #
    Ali — January 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I make these all the time,& I use Panko & Italian bread crumbs except I put a slice of mozzarella cheese in the center

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    Karley — March 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    My mother in law is Italian and she makes the same kind if thing :) they call it rachoule (not sure about the spelling!!!) and she mashes potatoe and mixes wit parmesan cheese a bit of flour and eggs and gets them! She knows all she has to do is make them and her house will be full lol!!! I am yet to master it though but I am trying!!!

  24. #
    Alpha — October 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    It’s not new. Look up Croquettes or Korokes. So much yum <3

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    Christel — November 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Made them last night as a side dish with Pork Roast.Great Idea.My Husband loved them with the Roast Gravy.I used Garlic & Herb Breadcrumbs and it was delicious.Great idea for the leftover Mashed Potatoes

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    Emily Lacey — January 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    We had these for breakfast with syrup and ketchup. The ratio was great and the flavor was simply potato. Some recipes we’ve tried and the potato gets lost in the other ingredients. Thanks. We’ll be making these again.


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