Mashed Potato Puffs

Looking for a scrumptious way to elevate your mashed potato game? Look no further than these delectable Mashed Potato Puffs! Bursting with cheesy goodness, savory bacon, and fresh chives, these puffs are a delightful departure from the ordinary. Baked to perfection, they strike the perfect balance between crispy and fluffy, making them an irresistible side dish or appetizer for any occasion. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to create these golden bites of comfort!


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and generously grease a muffin pan to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and chopped chives. Season the mixture with pepper to your desired taste and mix until well combined.
  3. Spoon a generous portion of the potato mixture into each cup of the greased muffin pan, filling them nearly to the brim.
  4. Sprinkle a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese over the top of each potato puff, adding an extra layer of cheesy goodness.
  5. Place the muffin pan in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the puffs are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  6. Once baked to perfection, remove the potato puffs from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. This will help them set and become easier to handle.
  7. Carefully remove each potato puff from the muffin pan using a spoon or spatula, and transfer them to a serving platter.
  8. Serve the warm potato puffs with a dollop of sour cream on top, if desired, and watch as they disappear within minutes!

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped chives or parsley over the potato puffs for an extra pop of color and flavor.
  2. Pair with Dipping Sauces: Serve alongside a variety of dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or spicy aioli to enhance the taste and provide dipping options for your guests.
  3. Serve as Finger Food: Arrange the potato puffs on a platter with toothpicks inserted into each puff for easy and mess-free snacking.
  4. Presentation is Key: Arrange the potato puffs on a decorative serving tray or plate to elevate their presentation and impress your guests.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: If you have leftovers, store the cooled potato puffs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Reheating: To reheat, place the potato puffs on a baking sheet and heat in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and crispy.
  3. Freezing: If you want to freeze the potato puffs for later use, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer until frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and store for up to 2-3 months.
  4. Thawing: When ready to enjoy, thaw the frozen potato puffs in the refrigerator overnight. Then, reheat them in the oven following the same instructions as for refrigerated leftovers.


  1. Loaded Potato Puffs: Customize your potato puffs by adding extra toppings such as diced cooked ham, green onions, or jalapeños for a spicy kick. You can also mix in some cooked broccoli florets or spinach for added color and nutrients.
  2. Vegetarian Option: Skip the bacon bits and opt for vegetarian alternatives such as sautéed mushrooms, diced bell peppers, or sun-dried tomatoes for a flavorful twist without the meat.
  3. Cheese Lover’s Delight: Experiment with different types of cheeses to suit your taste preferences. Try using Gouda, mozzarella, or blue cheese for a unique flavor profile.
  4. Herb Infusion: Enhance the aroma and taste of your potato puffs by adding a variety of fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or garlic powder to the potato mixture.
  5. Sweet Potato Variation: Substitute mashed sweet potatoes for regular potatoes for a sweeter twist on this recipe. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg for an extra burst of flavor.
  6. Tex-Mex Twist: Add a Tex-Mex flair to your potato puffs by mixing in some black beans, corn kernels, and diced green chilies. Serve with salsa and guacamole for dipping.
  7. Italian Inspired: Incorporate Italian flavors by adding chopped sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and basil to the potato mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
  8. Buffalo Chicken Style: Mix shredded cooked chicken with buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles, then spoon the mixture into the muffin pan cups along with the potato mixture. Bake as directed and serve with ranch dressing for dipping.


  1. Can I use instant mashed potatoes for this recipe? Yes, you can use instant mashed potatoes as a time-saving option. However, for the best flavor and texture, homemade mashed potatoes are recommended.
  2. Can I prepare the potato puffs ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the potato mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. However, it’s best to add the eggs just before baking to prevent the mixture from becoming too wet.
  3. Can I freeze the baked potato puffs? Yes, you can freeze the baked potato puffs for future use. Allow them to cool completely, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. When ready to enjoy, reheat them in the oven until heated through.
  4. Can I substitute ingredients in this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your preferences. You can substitute different types of cheese, omit the bacon for a vegetarian option, or add additional herbs and spices.
  5. How can I prevent the potato puffs from sticking to the muffin pan? Make sure to generously grease the muffin pan with cooking spray or butter before spooning in the potato mixture. You can also use silicone muffin liners for easy removal.

With just a handful of simple ingredients and minimal prep time, these Mashed Potato Puffs are sure to become a new favorite in your recipe repertoire. Whether you’re serving them as a crowd-pleasing side dish or as a mouthwatering appetizer at your next gathering, they’re guaranteed to impress. So go ahead, indulge in the crispy, cheesy goodness of these delightful potato puffs and savor every bite!