fried mashed potatoes with filling

Fried Mashed Potatoes

These Fried Mashed Potatoes are super creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside! A perfect appetizer recipe for using up leftover mashed potatoes!

Leftovers of our Perfectly Smooth Mashed Potatoes are what we use to make these crispy, fried potatoes balls! Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce or our famous Awesome Sauce!

fried mashed potatoes on a black board

Leftover Mashed Potatoes Transformed!

When we make mashed potatoes, we make a lot. I don’t think we ever make less than the five pound bag of potatoes, I mean what’s the point?

If you’re going through the trouble of peeling, boiling and ricing potatoes you might as well make a LOT. Mashed potatoes are good in your refrigerator for at least a few days of meals, and then there are leftover recipes like these Fried Mashed Potatoes.

All you need to make this appetizer recipe is your leftover mashed potatoes, bread crumbs and a couple of eggs. And yes, if you don’t happen to have leftover potatoes, you can still make these fried potato balls!

Just grab pre-made mashed potatoes at the grocery store, there are a few brands that make really good mashed potatoes right in the butcher department at the store.

mashed potato balls on a board

Can You Use Instant Mashed Potatoes For This Appetizer Recipe?

I knew you were going to as that. Nope.

No. And No. Sorry! First of all, I’m not a fan of instant mashed potatoes. They might have their place in certain recipes, I won’t deny that.

But for just straight up eating? I’d rather skip it or at least buy the good packaged kind at the store. But for this recipe specifically, instant mashed potatoes will be too loose and too smooth so these fried mashed potatoes will just fall apart on you when you go to fry them up.


Can You Bake These Mashed Potato Balls?

Again, nope.

Sorry but this appetizer recipe requires a goo old fashioned deep fry. Don’t be afraid of the deep fry my friends! No need to get fancy with your equipment, just a heavy deep pot and a fry thermometer if you have one.

If you don’t happen to have a fry thermometer, add a cube of bread to the oil and if it fries up golden brown in about 10 seconds, you’re good to go.

fried mashed potatoes on a black board with parmesan cheese

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Fried Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American


This leftover mashed potato recipe makes super creamy and super crispy appetizers!


  • 4 cups leftover mashed potatoes (or store bought, pre-made)
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying


  1. Start heating a large, deep pot filled halfway with oil over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees.
  2. While the oil is heating, mix together the mashed potatoes, cream cheese, chives, one egg, parmesan cheese, the garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Roll into balls about the size of a golf ball and set on a board.
  4. In three bowls set out the bread crumbs, flour and the remaining 2 eggs beaten with a tablespoon of water.
  5. Dip each mashed potato ball into the flour first, shaking off the excess, then into the beaten egg, letting the excess drip off, and then last into the bread crumbs.
  6. Once your oil reaches about 350 degrees, start frying the balls in batches, not overcrowding the pot as you fry.
  7. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown and then remove to a paper towel lined board or plate.
  8. While still warm, top with extra salt and parmesan cheese.


You can keep these in the oven on low (250º) for about 30 minutes to an hour if you want to make them ahead of time.

Nutrition information is approximate, it will depend on the recipe that you used for the mashed potatoes.

Keywords: leftover mashed potato recipe, appetizer recipe, fried food, easy appetizers, game day food, potato recipes

14 Responses

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  3. Daniel

    Tried this, they tasted great but each one had a shape of its own. How did you handle the mashed potatoes without them falling apart between the eggs and bread crumbs? And HOW did you achieve such nice rounds.

    1. I’m glad they tasted good! I just rolled them into balls with my hands. It’s a delicate process but if you take your time they turn out OK. And as long as they still tasted great…that’s all that matters!

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  7. Lacee

    My sister and I always made potatoe cakes. can’t wait to try these. They look delicious! Thanks for the recipe. We are potato with every meal family. Glad to have something new.

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