Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cheesy Potato Puffs

Mashed potatoes, cheese and bacon...what can be better?

I'm not sure there is anything better, at least not for a quick and easy side dish or appetizer.

This recipe that I'm sharing as the third from Gooseberry Patch's Christmas Kitchen cookbook (part of the Real Farmwives - and Friends - of America's in the Kitchen series) would be perfect for the leftover mashed potatoes from your big family Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners.

It's also another recipe with less than 5 ingredients...ONLY 3 ingredients. Score.

Start with mashed potatoes (4 oz. package of instant), prepared and cooled. Stir in a half cup of shredded cheese - I used Colby & Monterey Jack blend. Pour a half cup of bacon bits into a separate bowl.

I used my cookie scoop to measure and then roll out 1-1/2 inch balls of potatoes.

Then I rolled them in bacon bits. Yum, bacon!

Then I placed them on an ungreased cookie sheet (I covered mine in parchment paper because I HATE dishes) and bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.



Cheesy Potato Puffs
4-oz. pkg. instant mashed potatoes
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. bacon bits

Prepare instant potatoes according to package directions; let cool. Stir in cheese; roll into 1-1/2 inch balls. Roll balls in bacon bits; arrange on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes . Serves 4.

Like I said above, I think this is a GREAT option for those leftover mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving or Christmas. HOWEVER, I tried it with leftover mashed potatoes right out of the fridge (cold) and they were a bit sticky to handle and spread out while baking. So, I'm going to try again and let the potatoes sit out for a few minutes before handling. Stay tuned...

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  1. Looks yummy but i would use real potatoes all the time...

    Thanks for sharing

  2. I could eat those for breakfast!
    I'm making extra mashed potatoes next time--just so I can put the left-overs to use!

  3. love potatoes these sound good.

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    love to win the cookbook



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