Loaded Mashed Potato Balls Recipe

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Loaded potatoes are the single best way of amping up the starchy root veggie. There’s nothing some butter and a hefty amount of cheese can’t improve. The thing with traditional loaded potatoes is that they get old. Why not reinvent the classic with bite-sized loaded mashed potato balls?

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What goes into loaded mashed potato balls?

For this recipe, you’ll need a whole lot of potatoes. Then there’s the dairy: butter, milk and grated Cheddar cheese. This one sounds good already, but there’s more. You’ll also need some veggies (because you know you must eat some greens), and we’re going with the holy trinity veggies: carrots, bell peppers and celery — they’ll give the mashed potato balls color, flavor and nutrition. They’ll also add a lovely snappy bite!

We’re breading these beauties with crunchy panko, Japanese breadcrumbs, and air-frying them to use very little cooking oil. Yes, these bites are healthier than any other fried stuff you can’t think of.

The best part of this recipe is making the mashed potatoes from scratch, which gives you more room to innovate and perfect the recipe — cooking perfect mashed potatoes is an art form. If you only want a mean bowl of mashed potatoes, you can use this recipe as well!

When to make loaded mashed potato balls?

These golden, starchy bites are fantastic beer snacks and complement roast meat and other hearty meals. The secret here is making them not long before you’re ready to serve them — you want the cheese gooey and the balls nice and crispy. By the way, you can fry these traditionally in case you don’t own an air-fryer.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Serving Size12
  • Energy150 cal


For the mashed potatoes:

For the loaded mashed potato balls:



Cut the potatoes in quarters. Boil in a pot until tender. Drain and set aside.


In a saucepan, heat the milk until steamy, add the butter and once melted, pour the milk into the drained potatoes. With a hand mixer, purée the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.


Let the mashed potatoes cool down. Mix with the chopped carrots, bell peppers, celery and cheese. Incorporate thoroughly. Create bite-sized balls and set them aside.


Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk. Spread the panko on a flat plate.


Coat the mashed potato balls in egg and roll in the panko. Set aside.


Spray the balls with cooking oil and air-fry for 10-15 minutes, depending on your appliance.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size12
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories150
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat5.8 g78 g7.44%
  • Saturated Fat2.7 g20 g13.5%
  • Cholesterol37 mg300 mg12.33%
  • Sodium127 mg2300 mg5.52%
  • Total Carbohydrate19.9 g275 g7.24%
  • Dietary Fiber2.3 g28 g8.21%
  • Total Sugars2.7 g
  • Protein4.9 g50 g9.8%
  • Calcium76 mg1300 mg5.85%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium368 mg4700 mg7.83%

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