Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Robyn Bruce


This is a great way to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas. Can be a great side dish for dinner or even breakfast.

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12-24 puffs, depending on size of pan
10 Min
20 Min


2 c
mashed potatoes
3 large
eggs, beaten
1 c
grated cheese such as parmesan or gruyere, divided
1/4 c
minced chives
1/4 c
diced cooked ham or bacon (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream, to serve

How to Make Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs


  • 1Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease the cups of a mini-muffin tin.
  • 2Whisk together the mashed potatoes, the eggs, 3/4 cup of cheese, the chives, and ham. Season, if necessary, with salt and pepper. The seasoning will depend on how seasoned your mashed potatoes were to begin with.
  • 3Mound a spoonful of the mixture in each muffin cup. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese.
  • 4Bake for 20 minutes, or until the potato cups are set, browned on top, and heated through. Let cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then use a spoon or knife to gently release them from the pan. Serve immediately with dollops of sour cream, if desired.
  • 5Make-Ahead Notes

    You can bake these and refrigerate for up to 3 days. To reheat and re-crisp: arrange the puffs on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes (depending on size).

    I assume these also freeze well, but I haven't experimented with this yet myself. If I froze them, I would thaw overnight in the refrigerator then follow the reheating instructions above.
  • 6More Flavoring Ideas for Mashed Potato Puffs

    Loaded Baked Potato: Cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, chopped green onions, served with sour cream and chives

    Curried Potato Puffs: 1 teaspoon curry powder (or to taste), chopped red onion, chopped jalapeño pepper, served with yogurt and cucumber.

    Goat Cheese & Spinach: Fine chopped spinach, minced garlic, crumbled goat cheese.

    Italian-Inspired: Finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped basil, finely chopped shallots, served with a smear of tomato sauce.

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About Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American