Fried Mashed Potato balls are loaded with cheese, bacon and a little garlic and herb seasoning. It’s the perfect thanksgiving app!

Fried Mashed Potato balls are loaded with cheese, bacon and a little garlic and herb seasoning. It’s the perfect thanksgiving app!

I love this recipe because its such a cinch to make! And with Ralph’s grocery delivery, I don’t even have to leave the house. 

Fried Mashed Potato balls are one of those apps that you MUST bring to fight off the hanger on Thanksgiving.

And I don’t know about your home, but in mine, the hanger is real! And as much as should be prepared, I never think to have any apps out while I’m preparing dinner, PLUS photographing it!

Could you imaging dealing with hanger, and watching your meal sitting on a flat lay for 20 minutes to be photographed? Welcome to my wife’s world…

During Thanksgiving? That’s nothing I want to be a part of. I want to make sure there’s plenty of satisfied family members and hanger levels are kept at bay!

My fried mashed potato balls are like a little preview of what’s to come for the feast. Plus, they’re just so satisfying and hearty that you won’t hear any chatter from the peanut gallery on ETAs of the big meal.

In fact, you shouldn’t hear much at all. Just a lot of full and happy mouths!

Fried Mashed Potato balls are loaded with cheese, bacon and a little garlic and herb seasoning. It’s the perfect thanksgiving app!

I used a variety of Kroger products that I found at Ralph’s. I love Kroger’s wide variety of quality ingredients, on top of the brands I already love, which makes Ralph’s easily my go-to for all my Thanksgiving shopping!

To make these fried mashed potato balls as simple as possible I found Kroger’s Homestyle Mashed Potatoes. They’re all ready to rock for this recipe so it makes it an easy one to throw together.

Fried Mashed Potato balls are loaded with cheese, bacon and a little garlic and herb seasoning. It’s the perfect thanksgiving app!

I added a little cheese and precooked bacon to the mix as well to give it that loaded baked potato vibe.

And if you’re looking for an easy dipping sauce pick up Kroger Sour Cream and Chive dip while you’re there. Or sneak a few fried mashed potato balls to the main feast and dip them in cranberry sauce or gravy. I won’t tell a soul!

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 181kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 24oz pkg Kroger Homestyle Mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz cooked bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1-2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a skilled or dutch oven, heat oil to 375F. Meanwhile, combine mashed potatoes, cheese bacon and garlic salt in a bowl; set aside.
  • Take an ice cream scoop to form mashed potato balls. Dredge in a bowl of 2-3 beaten eggs, cover in breadcrumbs, and repeat. Pack into a ball and repeat until all balls are formed.
  • Fry mashed potato balls until golden brown in small batches abour 3-5 minutes per batch.
  • Serve with Sour cream and chive, gravy or any of your favorite dips!

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg
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