Left over mashed potatoes? Try making these crispy, creamy, cheesy mashed potato puffs for a quick breakfast, side dish or appetizer.
2 cups mashed potatoes
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup grated cheese such as Parmesan or Gruyere, divided
1/4 cup minced fresh chives
1/4 cup diced cooked bacon or ham, optional
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Sour cream, to serve, optional
Prep Time: 15min | Cook Time: 35min
Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease the cups of a mini-muffin tin.
Whisk together the mashed potatoes, eggs, 3/4 cup of the 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. Mound a spoonful of the mixture in each muffin cup. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the potato cups are set, browned on top, and hot 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.
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.
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