Mashed potato bombs are what Thanksgiving leftover dreams are made of (VIDEO)

Nov 25, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Your Thanksgiving leftovers get rolled, stuffed and fried to deliver a treat that's possibly more exciting than the original dinner.

What was your Turkey Day dinner missing? Melted cheese? We've got you covered with this recipe. Mashed potato balls are filled with cheese, fried until golden and then dipped into a hot cranberry sauce. Wow — maybe these should be the main course for next year's Thanksgiving...

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Mashed potato bombs recipe


  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • Leftover cranberry sauce, for dipping
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil, for frying


  1. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing, 1 egg and the cheese. Mix until combined.
  2. Using an ice cream scoop, place a full scoop of mashed potatoes on parchment paper, and form a well in the mashed potatoes using the bottom of the scoop.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of stuffing and cheese mixture into the mashed potato well. Gently form the mashed potatoes around the stuffing mixture.
  4. In a shallow dish, place 2 beaten eggs.
  5. In a small bowl, place the breadcrumbs.
  6. Roll each mashed potato ball in the egg wash and then in the breadcrumbs until covered.
  7. Heat 2 inches of oil to approximately 350 degrees F.
  8. Three at a time, place the mashed potato balls into the oil, and fry until golden on all sides.
  9. Serve with hot leftover cranberry sauce for dipping.
Image: Heather Cristo