Crispy Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

Jazz up your mashed potatoes by rolling them into balls with bacon and cheese and giving them a crispy coating in the oven. You can enjoy these as a fun side dish or an appetizer for your next holiday dinner.

Crispy Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • ¾ pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • Cooking spray

  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 3 scallions, finely chopped, divided

  • 4 tablespoons plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, divided

  • cup chopped cooked bacon (1 large slice)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon panko breadcrumbs


  1. Bring an inch or two of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and steam until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and mash until smooth (there should be about 1 1/2 cups). Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  3. Add cheese, all but 2 tablespoons scallions, 2 tablespoons yogurt, bacon, salt and pepper to the potatoes; stir to combine. Roll the mixture into balls, using a generous 1 tablespoon for each.

  4. Whisk egg in a shallow dish. Place panko in another shallow dish. Dredge the potato balls in the egg and then in the panko, lightly coating all sides. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Coat all sides with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned and crispy, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Top the balls evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons yogurt and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons scallions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 2 balls
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Vitamin A 144IU 3%
Sodium 128mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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