Loaded Potato Bites

Looking for a creative way to repurpose leftover mashed potatoes? Look no further! These Loaded Potato Bites are the ultimate crispy, cheesy indulgence that will have everyone coming back for more. With a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can transform ordinary mashed potatoes into golden-brown nuggets of deliciousness. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to make these irresistible bites that are perfect for snacking, parties, or anytime you crave a savory treat.


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Ranch or Honey Mustard for dipping


  1. Prepare the Potato Mixture:
    • Take the leftover mashed potatoes out of the fridge and let them sit for a few minutes to come to room temperature. Meanwhile, shred the cheddar cheese, chop the scallions, and cook the bacon until crispy, then dice it finely.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes and flour, stirring until well combined. Add in the shredded cheese, diced bacon, and chopped scallions. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Form the Potato Balls:
    • Take about a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture and roll it into a small ball using your hands. If the mixture is too soft and doesn’t hold its shape, add a little more flour to stiffen it. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used.
  3. Coat the Potato Balls:
    • Heat oil in a medium saucepan or fryer over medium to medium-high heat, reaching a temperature of 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • In a small bowl, whisk the egg and season it with salt and pepper. Place the Italian bread crumbs in another bowl.
    • Dip each potato ball into the beaten egg, ensuring it is fully coated, then roll it in the bread crumbs until evenly covered. Place the coated balls on a sheet pan and set aside.
  4. Fry the Potato Bites:
    • Test the oil temperature by dropping one potato ball into the hot oil. It should sizzle and brown within 1-2 minutes. Adjust the temperature accordingly.
    • Once the oil is ready, carefully add the coated potato balls in small batches, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Fry for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
    • Using a slotted spoon, remove the fried potato bites from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Allow the loaded potato bites to cool for a minute or two before serving. Serve them warm with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or honey mustard.

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serve Warm: These Loaded Potato Bites are best enjoyed fresh and warm, straight out of the fryer. The crispy exterior and gooey cheese inside are at their peak when served immediately after frying.
  2. Dipping Sauce: Enhance the flavor experience by serving these bites with your favorite dipping sauce. Ranch dressing, honey mustard, or sour cream with chives are excellent choices that complement the savory flavors of the potato bites.
  3. Garnish: For a touch of freshness and color, garnish the plated potato bites with a sprinkle of chopped scallions or fresh parsley before serving. This adds a vibrant contrast to the golden-brown exterior of the bites.
  4. Storage: If you happen to have any leftovers (which is rare because they’re so delicious!), store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. While they may not be as crispy when reheated, they’ll still taste great. Simply reheat them in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through.
  5. Reheating: To reheat the potato bites, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. This will help restore some of the crispy texture.
  6. Freezing: These potato bites can also be frozen for longer storage. After frying, allow them to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag or container. When ready to eat, reheat them in the oven from frozen until heated through.


  1. Spicy Kick: Add a touch of heat to your potato bites by mixing chopped jalapeños or a dash of cayenne pepper into the potato mixture. For an extra kick, serve them with a spicy chipotle mayo dipping sauce.
  2. Vegetarian Option: Skip the bacon and add in your favorite veggies instead. Try mixing in diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach for a flavorful vegetarian twist. You can also incorporate different types of cheese like pepper jack or feta for added variety.
  3. Herb Infusion: Elevate the flavor profile by incorporating fresh herbs into the potato mixture. Chopped parsley, chives, or rosemary can add a burst of freshness and aromatic complexity to the bites. Experiment with different herb combinations to find your favorite flavor blend.
  4. Sweet Potato Variation: Switch out the regular mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes for a sweeter twist on this recipe. The natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes pairs beautifully with the savory cheese and bacon, creating a delicious flavor contrast.
  5. Mini Loaded Potato Skins: Instead of rolling the potato mixture into balls, press it into mini muffin tins to create bite-sized potato cups. Fill each cup with cheese, bacon, and scallions, then bake until golden and bubbly. Serve these mini loaded potato skins as a fun and portable appetizer option.
  6. Baked Option: For a healthier alternative to frying, try baking the potato bites instead. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy. This method reduces the amount of oil used while still achieving a deliciously crispy texture.


  1. Can I use fresh potatoes instead of leftover mashed potatoes?
    • Absolutely! Simply boil and mash the potatoes as you normally would for mashed potatoes, then let them cool before proceeding with the recipe.
  2. Can I make these potato bites ahead of time and reheat them later?
    • While they are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the potato mixture ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator until ready to fry. However, for optimal taste and texture, it’s recommended to fry them just before serving.
  3. Can I bake these potato bites instead of frying them?
    • Yes, you can bake them for a healthier alternative. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  4. Can I freeze these potato bites for later use?
    • Yes, you can freeze them after frying. Once cooled, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. When ready to eat, reheat them in the oven until heated through.

These Loaded Potato Bites are the perfect combination of crispy, cheesy, and savory goodness. Whether you’re serving them as appetizers at a party or enjoying them as a snack, they’re sure to be a hit with everyone. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can whip up a batch of these irresistible bites in no time. So, next time you have leftover mashed potatoes, don’t let them go to waste—turn them into delicious Loaded Potato Bites!