Cheese-Filled Potato Bites

Turn mashed potatoes into a potluck appetizer recipe by baking them into cheesy mounds.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 24

Potatoes

1
cup water
2
tablespoons butter
1/2
teaspoon salt
1 1/3
cups plain mashed potato mix (dry)
1
egg
1/4
cup chopped fresh chives

Filling

24
(1/2-inch) cubes pasteurized prepared cheese product (about 2 3/4 oz.)

Coating

1
egg
1
tablespoon water
1
cup plain mashed potato mix (dry)
Butter-flavor nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 In medium saucepan, bring 1 cup water, butter and salt to a boil. Add 1 1/3 cups mashed potato mix, 1 egg and chives; mix well. Let stand 30 seconds. Stir. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 400°F. Spoon mashed potatoes into 24 mounds, about 1 tablespoon each, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten into disks. Place 1 cheese cube in center of each potato disk. With pancake turner, remove each disk from cookie sheet; pinch potatoes around cheese cube to form ball.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water until well blended. Place 1 cup mashed potato mix in another shallow dish or bowl. Roll balls in potato mix, then in egg mixture and again in potato mix. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4 Just before baking, spray coated potato balls with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 400°F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until potato coating just begins to brown. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

This recipe adapts techniques from French pommes duchesse, butter and egg-enriched mashed potatoes formed into balls, rolled in bread crumbs and baked.

Butter-flavor nonstick cooking spray gives these bites a flavor boost and a nice golden color.

Assemble the potato balls and arrange them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cover them with plastic wrap; refrigerate for several hours. To serve, uncover and spray the balls with butter-flavor nonstick cooking spray. Bake as directed.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
50
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
110mg
110%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.