Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites

PARTNER POST: Reinvent classic potato dishes to create a new holiday tradition. This year, forget the tried and true recipes and show off your cooking skills with a twist on an old favorite.
Crispy on the outside, these golden Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites are a delicious update to traditional mashed potatoes.
By Mariah Mercurio

Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites

I love coming up with recipes to use up all my leftovers and this has to be my favorite one yet. We always have a ton of mashed potatoes left over after Christmas dinner so these Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites are the perfect way to use them up.

We have a big family so we celebrate all of Christmas week with lots of get togethers so that we can fit everyone in. I love that this recipe allows me to repurpose the traditional mashed potato dish.

I started with 2 cups of plain mashed potatoes and then added a couple pantry staples…an egg, some seasoning, a little bit of garlic and shallots, then rolled the potato balls in freshly grated parmesan cheese and Italian style bread crumbs. After a light pan fry in a little bit of canola oil, these little balls of golden goodness were ready. I am pretty sure they are going to be a new holiday tradition at our house.

Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites

For another great holiday tradition, try these Danish potatoes.

Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites
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Crispy on the outside, these golden Parmesan and Garlic Potato Bites are a delicious update to traditional mashed potatoes.
Recipe Type: Side, Appetizer
Serves: 30 bites
  • 2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Shallots, minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Egg slightly beaten
  • ⅓ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • ¾ Cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
  • Canola Oil for frying
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, shallots, garlic cloves, egg, and Italian parsley. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  2. Refrigerate the potato balls for 30 minutes.
  3. Next, roll the potato balls in the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Preheat a skillet with about 2 inches of oil on moderate heat.
  4. Fry potato balls on all sides, a few at a time, for 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately.
30 Minutes of Refrigeration time needed, included in prep time.


Mariah Mercurio

Hi! I am Mariah. Wife, mommy, and food addict. In my kitchen you will find that everything is made with love and creativity. I am a lover of all carbs and anything white chocolate or raspberry. I am still trying to find my balance of healthy dishes and sweet eats!

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  1. Looks yummy to me, and right now I’ve got a boatload of sweet potatoes leftover.
    Looks like I’ll be adjusting the seasoning for this, add some cinnamon and cayenne pepper and give them a Moroccan flair.

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