Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs

These Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are fluffy, creamy and a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Filled with so many good things, like bacon, cheese and chives, they are perfect for a post-holiday brunch or a fun dinner side dish.

Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!
Table of Contents
  1. Why We Love This Recipe
  2. How to Make Mashed Potato Puffs
  3. Serving Suggestions
  4. Storage
  5. More Potato Recipes to Try
  6. Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs Recipe

Why We Love This Recipe

When I know the holidays are coming, I start thinking about the food. Like ham, cheesy potatoes, and Green Bean Casserole. While Christmas dinner or Easter dinner are common traditions, I actually prefer brunch. These Mashed potato puffs are the perfect addition.

To make these, I used pre-packaged mashed potatoes, which is a great shortcut. But you can also use leftover mashed potatoes or even Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.

These potato puffs are fluffy and tender on the inside with crispy edges. They are loaded with bacon, cheese and chives and topped with sour cream and more bacon. They look like muffins, and they’re even made in a muffin pan, but you’ll want to dig in with a fork – they’re a little messy to eat with your hands.

The addition of eggs help these Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs to “puff” up nicely and also to stay together. They don’t taste like egg or anything like that, it’s just acting as the binder.

Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!

How to Make Mashed Potato Puffs

  • First things first, spray the cups of a muffin pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. This is important – they’ll stick if you don’t. You could also use butter to grease them.
  • Mix together about 2 ½ cups of leftover mashed potatoes, some cooked and diced bacon, chives, eggs, and lots of cheese.
  • Scoop the potato mixture into greased muffin cups.
  • Bake until they are nice and golden brown on top and let them cool a bit before removing them. Use a thin knife to loosen them around the edges.
A bowl of ingredients for potato puffs
Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!
Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!
Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!

Serving Suggestions

These potato puffs make a great addition for brunch or dinner. Serve them on a platter or tray with a dollop of sour cream and a little chopped bacon and chives on top. Or let your guests top them themselves.

Serve instead of hash browns or in place of whatever potato dish you usually serve.

Storage

Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, wrap a moist paper towel around them or place over them and heat in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.

To freeze, place on a baking sheet and flash freeze for an hour, then store in a plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.

Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs are filled with bacon, cheese and chives and are perfect for an unexpected dinner side or your Easter Brunch!

More Potato Recipes to Try

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Loaded Mashed Potato Puffs

Mashed Potato Puffs are fluffy and tender with crispy edges. A great way to use leftover potatoes. Filled with bacon, cheese and chives.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Side
Cuisine American
Servings 12 puffs
Calories 297kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 24- ounce package Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed potatoes about 2 ½ cups
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded/grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Sour cream chives, cheese and/or crumbled bacon for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups generously with nonstick cooking spray. *Very important to spray the pan well to avoid sticking; greasing with butter or vegetable shortening works too.
  • In a large bowl, combine ingredients.
  • Divide the potato mixture evenly into the 12 muffin cups.
  • Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Cool slightly before removing each mashed potato puff from its cup. Use a thin knife to loosen if necessary.
  • Garnish with sour cream, chopped chives, cheese and bacon if desired.

Notes

Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, wrap a moist paper towel around them or place over them and heat in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.
To freeze, place on a baking sheet and flash freeze for an hour, then store in a plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 11gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 245mgPotassium: 704mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 237IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 1mg
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. I haven’t tried freezing them. I wouldn’t though, because the potatoes would likely get watery when reheating.

  1. Made and baked the potato puffs, then froze them. Zapped them in the microwave for 2 minutes – they turned out perfect ! Maybe will add a little onion next time . Thanks for the great recipe.

  2. I love this. when i was little my mom would make the left over mashed potatoes and roll into balls and deep try with egg. we would eat them as a side dish. very delicious. memories of my mom. 🙂

    1. Nope! They come pre-cooked and mashed, or you can make your own mashed potatoes but either way they are already cooked and can be mixed in cold.