Baked mashed potato balls skip the frying and utilize high-heat baking to achieve a delightfully crispy exterior that nicely contrasts the creamy interior.
These baked mashed potato balls skip the frying. Instead, they utilize high-heat baking to achieve a delightfully crispy exterior, to contrast the creamy interior. They make a delicious appetizer or side dish!
How to make baked mashed potato balls
I make them without breadcrumbs. Instead, I coat them with almond meal. This keeps them gluten free and grain free. Although you can certainly use the same amount of breadcrumbs if you wish.
I sprinkle the shaped potato balls with paprika. This is mainly to add color, especially when using almond meal which doesn’t brown as well as bread crumbs. Obviously, the paprika also adds a nice flavor.
How to serve baked mashed potato balls
It’s fun to serve them with sour cream or Greek yogurt for dipping. Make it a spicy dip by mixing 1 teaspoon hot sauce into 1/4 cup sour cream.
I usually serve these baked mashed potato balls as a side dish. Since I bake them in a 400°F oven, I like to serve them with a main dish that I can bake in the same oven. So I often serve them with meatballs in tomato sauce, with bacon-wrapped mini meatloaves, or with sticky drumsticks.
But is this a healthy recipe?
That would depend on your definition of “healthy.” It’s not a low carb recipe, so if you need to limit your carbs, this is not a good fit for you. But other than that, it’s made with a short list of real-food ingredients. Almond flour is healthy, cheese seems to be harmless for most healthy people, and even white potatoes have health benefits.
If you’re healthy, and as long as you don’t eat these baked mashed potato balls often or in excess, I think it’s OK to enjoy them in moderation and once in a while.
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This is a perfect recipe for making use of leftover mashed potatoes! Another great recipe that utilizes leftover mashed potatoes is this recipe for mashed potato pancakes.
Mashed Potato Balls
- Cooking spray (I use avocado oil spray)
- 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup coarse almond meal (or plain bread crumbs)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with cooking oil.
- In a medium bowl, with a fork, mix together the mashed potatoes, beaten egg, garlic powder and cayenne. Mix in the shredded cheese.
- Place the almond meal or bread crumbs in a shallow baking dish.
- Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop out the mixture, shaping into balls and rolling the balls in the almond meal.
- Place the shaped potato balls on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with paprika and spray with cooking spray. Bake until hot and golden, about 15 minutes.
- Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, on paper towels to absorb moisture. Gently heat in the microwave.