{Crazy Cooking Challenge} Bacon, Broccoli, Cheddar Mashed Potato Bites

I can hardly believe it’s that time again. A month has passed since the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge. This month… the ultimate mashed potatoes. I don’t know about you guys but I love mashed potatoes. They make me happy.  And what better way to serve mashed potatoes than all loaded up with goodness and then fried!  Right?  So delicious!

I got my recipes off two different blogs.  The recipe came from Mommy’s Recipes Blog.  Her Creamy Loaded Mashed Potatoes spoke to me.  I got the idea to fry potato balls from Life’s Ambrosia.  Check out her delicious looking post for Cheesy Roasted Garlic Potato Balls.
* 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
* 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
* 2 cups cooked and chopped broccoli
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1 cup mayonnaise (we used Ranch Dressing)
* 3 green onions, finely chopped
* 6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
Cover potatoes in water in a large pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Drain and mash.
Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, broccoli, green onions and 4 slices of bacon (crumbled.)  We used Ranch dressing in place of the mayonnaise.  I thought it would give it a little more flavor.
Turn into a greased shallow baking dish and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


Top with remaining cheese and bacon and cook an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


If you stopped right here you would be in heaven!  But wait, it gets even better!


Have your amazing loaded mashed potatoes with your dinner and refrigerate the rest.  The next day, remove them from the refrigerator and form them into balls about the size of a golf ball.
In one bowl beat 3 eggs.
In another bowl add 1 cup bread crumbs and 1 cup Panko crumbs.
Dip each ball into the egg and then the bread crumbs.


Fry in hot oil for about 3 – 4 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, remove and place on a paper towel.


Now enjoy every single one of them!  They were so darn good.  I loved the bacon and cheese in there and the Panko crumbs added an extra crispiness to the outside.

But let’s look inside..

Oh man.  My new favorite thing to eat.  Seriously.  Is it terrible that I ate these for breakfast too???


Again, a huge thank you to Tina from Mom’s Crazy Cooking for hosting this awesome challenge.  If you are interested in joining us, let her know!
And don’t forget to vote for your favorite mashed potato post. I’m number 49 (hint, hint) =o)
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  1. Sounds like a great breakfast. You’ve got: carbs, dairy, veggies and meat. Sounds healthier than the bowl of Cheerios I had this AM.

  2. Oh yum! I love that you added broccoli to them. Great job!

  3. Oh my YUM! I am pinning that!

  4. Oh my goodness! That’s seriously all of my favorite stuff in ONE recipe! Ahhhh! Can’t wait to try this out 🙂

    Stopping in from CCC and voted you up!

  5. Fried mashed potatoes, with broccoli and cheese? Love this, we love to fry everything in the south!

  6. Erin, I looked at your recipe picture and immediately went Mmmmm! They do look good! The broccoli kinda makes up for the frying part too. haha

  7. These look incredible!!!

  8. I love that broccoli is sneaked in to these. I am going to put this on my to do list as I am sure my son will love these. Thanks for sharing them with us:)

  9. THESE.LOOK.AMAZING!!! I am so pinning this and they are so MADE!! Great entry into the cooking challenge. Yummo!! Following. Stop by and give us a visit some time 🙂


  10. Ok the first part sounded really good, and then the bites part took them to a different level of awesome!!! They sound great! Hope you stop by and check out my Mashed Potato recipe, #30!

  11. These are fabulous. I love the minis. Small bites are such fun. Of course, the mashed potatoes are great with all those extras. What a treat.

    I am glad I came here. Love your blog. Off to bookmark it.

  12. These look SO good! My mashed potatoes suck compared to this!

    Jennifer #14
    Jenny’s Cookbook

  13. Oh, I so like this fried version, maybe then my kid would eat mashed potatoes! Looks devine.

  14. Love the potato bites, my daughter would adore them.

    If you haven’t already I’d love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Cook Lisa Cook

  15. We would just love your Mashed Potato Bites. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  16. The Bites looks delicious. I might have to do that with my leftovers!


  17. ooooh ya! Can’t wait to try these! What an awesome Idea!

  18. What a fabulous idea! These looks fantastic. Hope you’ll stop by my blog today and check out my award-winning Butternut Squash Bake recipe. =)

  19. These look amazing! I love that they are fried. What a great idea!

  20. If I don’t make this for my husband he might not be very happy! This looks amazing! I want to be eating it right now. I can imagine how good it must even smell! Yum!

  21. The kids love mashed potatoes and broccoli so they are sure to fall in love with these! Great recipe. Be sure to check out #20.

  22. oh, those look sooo good!!!

  23. Oh Erin..I want some of these right now..drooling all over the keyboard. This recipe looks amazingly delicious! I must try it out and soon. Thanks!!

  24. Considering I just had garlic bread for breakfast, I think I would totally have these in the morning too!

  25. Oh dear lord how amazing do those look??? That would be my last meal if I was on death row!!!!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  26. D.r.o.o.l.i.n.g. Oh my.

  27. Oh my word, I’d love to pop one of these in my mouth right now!

  28. What could possibly make mashed potatoes any better?…frying them, of course. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  29. omgosh, all my favs in one bite…what could be better! 🙂

    Come join my Inspire Me Fridays linky!

  30. These were so good! My entire family loved them and were so mad that I didn’t make more. Thanks for the great recipe and I’m happy to be in SRC with you!

  31. These look so good. We don’t normally eat fried foods. But these look delicious, I just might have to make these for a special occasion. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!


  32. Oh my! I would be in such trouble with these!