Vegan Baked Mashed Potato Balls
What to do with all those leftover mashed potatoes after the holidays? Try these vegan baked mashed potato balls stuffed with loads of plant-based cheese.
They are a great snack, appetizer, or side to any meal. And, also a great way to use up extra potatoes.
Don't have any leftovers? Not to worry, that just adds 2 extra steps to the recipe:
- Make the potatoes
- Mash the potatoes
What To Stuff Your Mashed Potato Balls With
In this recipe, I am using just cheese, but you can personalize the recipe by stuffing the middle with any of the following ingredients:
- Mini mushroom caps stuffed with cheese
- Different type of cheese
- Vegan bacon bits
How To Make Baked Mashed Potato Balls
STEP 1: Cook & Mash The Potatoes
Start by preheating the oven to 400° F.
Now, if you don't have any leftover mashed potatoes, this step is for you. Begin by peeling the potatoes then cut them in half (this will help them cook quicker). Next, place the potatoes into a large pot, then cover with water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, and cook until the potatoes can easily be pierced with a knife, so about 20 minutes.
Once the potatoes are cooked, mash them along with the vegan butter, cashew milk, and garlic. Then, place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes.
STEP 2: The Mashed Potato Balls
Now, for the crispy coating, mix the panko crumbs, nutritional yeast, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. The nutritional yeast will add some protein and some extra cheesy flavors. Set aside for now.
Next, use a spoon to scoop out a golf ball-sized amount of mashed potatoes. Press 1-2 cubes of cheese into the middle, then close the mashed potato around the cheese. Roll the potato into a ball, then repeat for the remaining mashed potatoes and cheese.
For the next step, roll the mashed potato balls in the panko crumbs mixture.
STEP 3: Cook Until Crispy
Finally, place the coated mashed potato balls onto a lined/greased baking sheet or casserole dish. Cook for 40-50 minutes or until they begin to brown and the outside gets crispy.
If you are looking for a dipping sauce, mushroom gravy or sriracha tastes good with these. You can drizzle over the top or serve beside them for dipping.
What To Serve With Your Baked Mashed Potato Balls
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