What’s better than mashed potatoes? Fried Mashed Potatoes!

what's better than mashed potatoes? Fried mashed potatoes of course!

So I found a recipe a few weeks ago that really intrigued me- Fried Mashed Potatoes.

(you can find the original recipe here)

I mean, who had ever heard of something so wonderful?

The recipe, however, called for leftover mashed potatoes, which is something I don’t normally have lying around. But what I did have lying around was a box of instant mashed potatoes! So I thought I would give it a try. I served them when I had some family over, and they were a hit. They were actually quite easy, too.

Fried Mashed Potatoes


  • 1 pkg instant mashed potatoes made according to directions on box (the box I used had two packets, just use one)
  • 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary




  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • oil for frying



Stir in cheese and rosemary to mashed potatoes and let cool to room temperature. Shape into small balls, using about a tablespoon for each ball. Dip in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs to cover. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Try not to eat the whole batch yourself. (This step is purely optional.)

I think next time I am going to add some goat cheese to the mix to make them really creamy. Mmmmmm.


What's better than mashed potatoes? Fried mashed potatoes, of course!

And the one month of free sidebar advertising (my fave recipe each week gets it, ya know!) goes to Crazy for Crust’s  Devil’s Food Cake Batter Dip with Pie crust Dippers. Yep, you heard me right. You must go check out the recipe. I’m already scheming an occasion for which I can make these!

Now it’s your turn! Please show me your favorite recipes, new or old!

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About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!