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Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Servings 12 potato puffs

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My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) — perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings. 

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My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) -- perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings. https://www.thereciperebel.com/cheese-stuffed-mashed-potato-puffs/

First off, I want to apologize for my use of the word “holiday” in the description above.

I did it purely for those of you who will be searching for holiday recipes in the future, so that if you’re looking for a great make ahead holiday side, you will actually be able to find it. Later.

But, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying these creamy, fluffy, cheesy bites, on a regular basis, spring, summer, fall and winter.

My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) -- perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings. https://www.thereciperebel.com/cheese-stuffed-mashed-potato-puffs/

Second, I know I am a horrible nail-painter. Now we can just leave that alone, right?

I thought these would be a super fun recipe to make with the kiddos — well, my 4 year old anyway. I know for a fact that if my 18 month old was helping with these no cheese would have been stuffed into the potato puffs. They would have all been stuffed right into her mouth.

My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) -- perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings. https://www.thereciperebel.com/cheese-stuffed-mashed-potato-puffs/

My kids have a thing with cheese. Do all kids? Or is it just mine? It borders on an unhealthy obsession. If they see cheese — anywhere — you won’t get them to eat anything else. “Cheese” was one of the first words for both of our daughters. So I knew that they would love these potato puffs!

And anything make ahead that can make leftovers new again? That’s creamy, and comforting and cheesy? Well that’s a win in my books.

My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) -- perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings. https://www.thereciperebel.com/cheese-stuffed-mashed-potato-puffs/

You can absolutely use freshly mashed potatoes, and that is what I did in this recipe, with a bag of perfectly creaming Blushing Belles from The Little Potato Company. But the recipe is perfect for using up those — dare I say it again? — holiday leftovers. You will just adjust your seasonings to your tastes before adding the eggs!

I was also super excited to see my grocery store carrying the Chilean Splash! Have you tried them yet? I can’t wait!

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This recipe was created as part of my ambassadorship with The Little Potato Company — thank you for supporting the brands that help me bring you allllllll the delicious things!

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.

Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs

My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) -- perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 32 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 12 potato puffs
Calories 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Little Potatoes
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • 12 1 cm cubes of cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions for garnish as desired

Instructions

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Mash with chicken broth, season with salt and pepper, Italian herbs and garlic. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. (*NOTE: if using leftover mashed potatoes, you will likely skip straight to the next step). Let cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a metal muffin pan (I made some in a silicone pan, but they do not brown the same way!).
  • Stir in eggs until completely combined. Spoon enough into each of the 12 muffin cups to cover the bottom. Place one cube of cheese in the center of each (don't push down!) muffin cup. Cover with enough potatoes to hide the cube of cheese. Sprinkle the tops with remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min until lightly browned. Let cool for 3-4 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve with sliced green onions as desired.

Notes

I used a regular muffin pan, but you could also make 24 mini muffin sized potato puffs for appetizers!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs
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Serves: 12 potato puffs
My kids LOVE the cheesy surprise in these Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs! Leftover mashed potatoes make these SO easy (or use fresh!) — perfect make ahead side or appetizer for holiday gatherings.
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs Little Potatoes (I used Blushing Belles)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth or milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • 12 (1 cm or 1/2″) cubes of cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions for garnish as desired
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  2. Mash with chicken broth, season with salt and pepper, Italian herbs and garlic. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. (*NOTE: if using leftover mashed potatoes, you will likely skip straight to the next step). Let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a metal muffin pan (I made some in a silicone pan, but they do not brown the same way!).
  4. Stir in eggs until completely combined. Spoon enough into each of the 12 muffin cups to cover the bottom. Place one cube of cheese in the center of each (don’t push down!) muffin cup. Cover with enough potatoes to hide the cube of cheese. Sprinkle the tops with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min until lightly browned. Let cool for 3-4 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve with sliced green onions as desired.
Notes
I used a regular muffin pan, but you could also make 24 mini muffin sized potato puffs for appetizers!

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  1. Rene Nortz says

    Can you give me an approximate amount of leftover mashed potatoes that can be used in place of making fresh? Thanks, these look great.

  2. Darlene Demell says

    I absolutely love potatoes sliced up with onion and mushrooms, carrots salt and pepper and butter wrapped in foil and done on a bbq or in the oven. Makes my mouth water just talking about them.

  3. Sarah De Diego says

    Do french fries count as a potato dish? Well, they are in my house.

    I’m definitely going to try your recipe and add some green onions from my garden and some crumbled bacon. i can’t wait for dinner time!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  4. Jeffrey says

    I make a deep dish pizza that’s a twist on potato skins. I place the dough in a pan, add mashed potatoes (I like to leave them somewhat lumpy, rustic sort of speak) and top them with caramelized onions, bacon, roasted garlic and smoked cheddar. I serve it with a side of salsa.

  5. Kristen says

    How to pick just one? Potatoes are delicious so many ways!

    One of my faves is baked potatoes with chili, cheddar and sour cream.

  6. Karen Luhmann says

    Hi girlie!! It’s your ice cream friend from Instagram… XOX
    If I haaaaave to eat savory (sniffle), my fav potatoes are sliced from end to end, not all the way through ( like an accordion :)) with sliced fresh garlic in each slot, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Bake like 375 35-45 mins.

  7. Wandalee Newell says

    I was raised on potatoes because my family didn’t have a lot of money and I still love them to this day…if you can do something with a potato I will try it! I love lemon, garlic ,rosemary and thyme potatoes the most…but like I said with 4 kids we eat them every which way….and in the winter we make a ton of baked potatoes that are wrapped in tin foil and hand them out to the homeless in our town…not only does it keep their hands warm for a bit but also puts something solid in their bellies……potatoes are awesome! Wandalee Newell

  8. Andrea Amy says

    I LOVE potatoes! Really hard to pick just one favourite dish… I would have to say baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon and green onions are probably one of my favourites, but I love potato salad, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato chowder, scalloped potatoes…the list goes on and on lol

  9. Lamar Bowen says

    French Fries will always be my favorite potato recipe. A classic that I can enjoy at just about any meal.

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