PK’s Baked Mashed Potato, Bacon and Cheese Balls

I normally have enough leftovers for at least one lunch when I cook dinner for my family. So you can imagine how good these potato balls are if I had to buy lunch at work the next day :).

Really easy to make ahead of time and sort of healthy as they are baked and not shallow fried, you and your kids will love them.

Notes:

  • Make more than you think you need, they are addictive
  • You could work in mashed sweet potato and or pumpkin to get vegetables into picky eaters
  • They will need to set in the fridge for a bit before cooking

You will be:

  1. Prepping the ingredients.
  2. Making the potato balls and rolling in breadcrumbs.
  3. Cooking the potato balls.
  4. Serving them up hot.

You will need:

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups cooled mashed potato
    • 1/2 cup finely diced vegetables (I used celery and spring onions)
    • 1/4 cup of cooled finely chopped crispy bacon
    • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
    • 3/4 cup of grated cheese (I used a mix of Parmigiano-Reggiano and cheddar)
    • 1 egg (beaten)
    • some spray olive oil
  •  Equipment:
    • a chopping board
    • a long sharp knife
    • a saucepan for the mashed potatoes
    • a potato masher
    • a frypan for the bacon
    • a fork or whisk to beat the egg
    • a mixing bowl
    • several plates
    • an oven tray lined with baking paper

Steps:

Prepping the ingredients

  1. Make your mashed potatoes, aiming for 2 cups worth, and pop it in the fridge to cool.
  2. Fine chop the bacon to end up with 1/4 cups worth, cook to your liking and then pop them in the fridge too.
  3. Chop the 1/2 cup of vegetables.
  4. Grate the 3/4 cup of cheese.
  5. Beat the single egg.
  6. Mix the above ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  7. Put the 1/2 cup of bread crumbs on a plate.

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Making the potato balls and rolling in breadcrumbs

  1. Roll small balls of the potato mix and then roll those in flour.
  2. Pop them onto an oven tray and then into the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes.

They look pretty yummy already:

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Ready for the oven:

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Cooking the potato balls

  1. Give the top of the balls a quick spray with spray olive oil and pop the tray into a fan-forced oven (pre-heated to 200C).
  2. Cook for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Perfection:

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Firm on the outside with a lovely soft cheesy texture inside:

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Serving them up hot

Perfect with some fresh vegetables, sauerkraut and some dipping sauces (tomato and sour cream mixed with fresh coriander) or in a bowl by themselves as finger food :).

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Enjoy,

PK

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