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Loaded Mashed Potato Bites

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

Put those leftovers to good use! Turn them into mashed potato bites loaded with bacon, cheese and onions. —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri
Loaded Mashed Potato Bites Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 ounces Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, cut into eighteen 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, shredded cheese, bacon and green onions. Divide into eighteen 1/4-cup portions. Shape each portion around a cheese cube to cover completely, forming a ball. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Dip potato balls in egg, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  3. In an electric skillet or a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 227 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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