Saturday, November 23

Crispy Cheddar Potato Poppers

Here is a great way to add a fun time to any holiday gathering! These bite size poppers pack the smooth potato flavor in a crispy butter shell. You can even make these up to 1 month in advance! A sure fire delight for even the biggest cooking Scrooge. 

Full time 24 hours (prep/cook time 1 hour) set time overnight.
Makes 24 poppers

You will need:

5 cups plain mashed potatoes (not instant, but frozen is okay)
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers (or Tollhouse are fine)
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar
1/4 cup half and half or whole milk
2 tbsp butter 
1/2 tsp salt

Let us begin:

Starting with mash potatoes in a large bowl slowly add in butter, milk, salt, and cheese until fully blended together.

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until they are firm.

Once potatoes are firm, line a small baking sheet with wax paper and set aside for a moment.

Place crushed crackers on a shallow rimmed plate.

Scoop out 1 1/2 tbsp size balls of potatoes and roll gently to create a firm ball.

Roll ball gently in crushed crackers, evenly coating them.

Set on lined baking sheet.

Continue with remaining potatoes.

Move baking tray to freezer and allow poppers to become firm overnight. 

If you wish to store these, place in an airtight container or zip bag, freeze for up to 1 month. Follow below instructions when your ready to cook.

If cooking the next day: preheat oven to 400'.

Remove poppers from wax paper tray onto a non stick baking sheet.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven to serving tray.

Serve and enjoy!