How to make baked mashed potato balls

baked mashed potato balls

These baked mashed potato balls skip the frying. Instead, they utilize high-heat baking to achieve a delightfully crispy exterior, to contrast the creamy interior. They make a delicious appetizer or side dish!

But is this a healthy recipe?

That would depend on your definition of “healthy.” It’s not a low carb recipe, so if you need to limit your carbs, this is not a good fit for you.

But other than that, it’s made with a short list of real-food ingredients. Almond flour is healthy, cheese seems to be harmless for healthy people, and even white potatoes have health benefits.

If you’re healthy, and as long as you don’t eat these baked mashed potato balls often or in excess, I think it’s OK to enjoy them in moderation and once in a while.

Mashed Potato Balls Recipe


  • Cooking spray (I use avocado oil spray)
  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¹/₄ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¹/₂ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¹/₂ cup coarse almond meal (or plain bread crumbs)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with cooking oil.
  • In a medium bowl, with a fork, mix together the mashed potatoes, beaten egg, garlic powder and cayenne. Mix in the shredded cheese.
  • Place the almond meal or bread crumbs in a shallow baking dish.
  • Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop out the mixture, shaping into balls and rolling the balls in the almond meal.
  • Place the shaped potato balls on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with paprika and spray with cooking spray. Bake until hot and golden, about 15 minutes.
  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, on paper towels to absorb moisture. Gently heat in the microwave.
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