Mashed Potato Bites

I saw this on Facebook from Diana’s Kitchen Korner and I HAD to share!  I’m going to make mashed potatoes this weekend JUST so I can have leftovers to do this!  🙂

 

Loaded Mash Potato Bites

Have left over mashed potatoes???? Make these yummy
Loaded Potato Bites
*Makes 18-24 bites depending on size

Ingredients:
– 2 cups leftover
mashed potatoes
– 2 tablespoons of flour
– 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
– 3 strips bacon
– 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
– 1 egg
– 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
– Oil for frying
– Salt and Pepper
– Ranch or Honey Mustard for dipping

Directions:

1. Take potatoes out of the fridge and let sit for a
few minutes to take the chill off a bit. Meanwhile shred the cheese, chop
scallions, and cook bacon then dice finely. Add potatoes and flour to a large
mixing bowl and stir to combine well, then add cheese, bacon, and scallions.
Take about a heaping tablespoon of mixture and roll with hands into a small
ball. It if doesn’t hold its shape, add a little more flour to make the
potatoes sturdy. Repeat until done. 

2. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan – or use your
fryer – over medium/medium high heat to about 350-375 degrees. Whisk egg into a
small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in an additional
bowl. Dip each ball in egg and then roll in bread crumbs until fully coated.
Set aside on a sheet pan.

3. Test oil with one ball. The oil should bubble
when potato is in oil and ball should take about 1-2 minutes to brown and cook
through. (If takes longer the oil needs to be hotter, if it browned too quickly
on the outside and the inside is still cold, the temperature needs to be
lower.) Once oil is ready, add potato balls in small batches and fry for 1-2
minutes – it will depend on size. Remove with slotted spoon and place on paper
lined plate to allow excess oil to drain off. Repeat until done.

4. Allow to cool for a minute or two and serve with
dipping sauce. 

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