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Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

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Creamy and Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs are a nice change up from the traditional potato side dishes. Great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, too.

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The holidays are coming and we need easy recipes that will wow our family and guests. Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs are both of those things – easy to make and make a great presentation on any buffet or dinner table. I love that I can use leftover mashed potatoes for these potato puffs; which means this is a perfect recipe to prep the day before. Make the mashed potatoes the day before and then right before you need to bake the potato puffs mix everything together.

It’s #HolidaySideDishes Week and you will be getting three new recipes from me and PLENTY of ideas and inspiration from several of my foodie friends. Look for those delicious recipes at the end of each post this week.

close up of cheesy mashed potato mini puffs

Here’s What I’m Serving Up This Week:

  • Monday – Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs (that’s this recipe)
  • Wednesday – Apple Stuffing Muffin Cups
  • Friday – Quick and Easy Green Beans and Bacon Skillet

No matter how you look at these mini mashed potato puffs, they are so good. Crispy on the outside, fluffy quiche-like on the inside. It’s a totally customizable recipe to please everyone.

Mashed Potato Puffs

I’m going to be real honest about this recipe and tell you that it’s not only a great way to transform traditional mashed potatoes for a new side dish; but the mini puffs are perfect to serve as appetizers. Plus, if you’re serving a holiday brunch, they are easy to make and to serve up on a pretty platter. Such a creative way to serve leftovers!

Leftovers in my house aren’t a popular thing, especially reheated mashed potatoes. I love them reheated or cold but I’m a loner in that here. So when I decided to turn those leftover potatoes into a new side for the next day I had no idea how much EVERYONE loved them! Made my day!

tray of delicious mini potato puffs with cheese

What if I don’t have leftover mashed potatoes?

Freshly made mashed potatoes are great to use if you don’t have leftovers. Just be sure to allow them to cool before adding the beaten eggs to the potatoes. I like to cook and mash the potatoes the day before and chill them. Next day, take them out to come up to room temp while you are preparing other items.

Ingredients

  • mashed potatoes
  • large eggs
  • chives
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream

How to Make Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray; set aside. My mini muffin pans each can hold 12 muffins. This recipe will make 24 mini potato puffs.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl add the mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, 3/4 cup of the cheese and 1/4 cup chives and whisk to combine.

white bowl with mashed potato puff ingredients

Season, if necessary, with salt and pepper. How much seasoning you need to do will depend on how you seasoned your mashed potatoes to begin with. I tend to add more pepper.

mashed potato puff mixture

Step 3

Using a small scoop (this is my favorite one), fill each of the mini muffin cups with the mashed potato batter. Top each with the remaining cheese.

cheese topped mashed potato mini puffs

Step 4

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until potato puffs are set, and lightly browned on top. Let cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then use an offset spatula or knife to gently release them from the pan. Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream and extra chives, if desired.

baked potato puffs in mini muffin pan

What other ingredients can I put in the mashed potato puffs?

  • bacon bits
  • use your favorite type of cheese
  • caramelized onions
  • cooked broccoli
  • green onions
  • get creative

What size muffin pan can you use?

I like to use a mini muffin pan, but regular sized muffin pans work well, too. Cooking time will be a bit longer if you use a regular muffin pan.

white plate with mashed potato puffs

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • How do you Store Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs? Leftover puffs can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat in oven to re-crisp for best results.
  • Change up the cheeses, cheddar cheese or Parmesan cheese works wonderfully.
  • add bacon, diced ham if desired
  • great way to add leftover broccoli to these puffs
close up of cheesy mashed potato mini puffs

You may also enjoy these Loaded Potatoes made in the slow cooker or Smashed Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbs.

white plate with mashed potato puffs

Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Creamy and Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs are a nice change up from the traditional potato side dishes. Great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, too.
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Equipment

  • mini muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (room temp)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used Monterey Jack, but you can use whatever cheese you like)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sour cream, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, 3/4 cup of the cheese and 1/4 cup chives and whisk to combine.
  • Season, if necessary, with salt and pepper. How much seasoning you need to do will depend on how you seasoned your mashed potatoes to begin with. I tend to add more pepper.
  • Using a small scoop, fill each of the mini muffin cups with the mashed potato batter. Top each with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until potato puffs are set, and lightly browned on top. Let cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then use an offset spatula or knife to gently release them from the pan. Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream and extra chives, if desired.

Notes

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • How do you Store Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs? Leftover puffs can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat in oven to re-crisp for best results.
  • Change up the cheeses
  • add bacon, diced ham if desired
  • great way to add leftover broccoli to these puffs
recipe adapted from TheKitchn

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9 Comments

  1. Love this because I always seem to make enough mashed potatoes for an army and I need new exciting ways to serve up the leftovers!