How To Freeze Mashed Potato Balls for Quick and Easy Meals

mashed potato balls

Whether you need a quick side dish to accompany a weeknight dinner or a satisfying snack, having a stash of frozen mashed potato balls on hand will reduce your cooking time and food waste.

These little balls of single serve mashed potatoes freeze well and are so convenient to heat up.

Leftover mashed potatoes are a common occurrence in many households, and it can be a challenge to find ways to use them up before they go bad. That’s where freezing mashed potato balls comes in.

How to make mashed potato balls

Scoop out small portions of the mashed potatoes and roll them into balls using your hands. Aim for uniform sizes to ensure even cooking and reheating later on.

mashed potato balls

Once you have formed all the mashed potato balls, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are not touching each other to prevent them from sticking together during freezing.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let the mashed potato balls firm up for about an hour or until they are completely frozen.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let the mashed potato balls firm up for about an hour or until they are completely frozen.

After the balls have frozen solid, transfer them into airtight freezer bags or containers.

mashed potato ballsLabel the bags or containers with the date of freezing to keep track of their freshness.

mashed potato balls

With your mashed potato balls prepared and properly stored, you’re well on your way to enjoying quick and easy meals whenever you crave them.

Reheating mashed potato balls

Place mashed potato ball in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring in between runs, until they are your ideal temperature.

Tips on how to eat these potato gems

 

  • Top with gravy and enjoy as a snack.hot dog boats mashed potato balls
  • Make cheesy hot dog boats by slicing hot dogs lengthwise and plopping 1-2 potato balls on top. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and broil.
  • Thaw and flatten out and fry with some eggs for a hearty breakfast.
  • Use them as a quick and easy side dish.

Not only do these frozen gems provide a delicious base for quick meals, but they also contribute to reducing food waste, making them a win-win solution.

So, why wait? Start freezing your mashed potato balls today. There are times when I make a big batch of mashed potatoes and use the whole batch for making potato balls. This is a great way to FOOD PREP for the week.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way, and by having these flavorful spheres of goodness on hand, you’re ready to conquer any hungry moment.

Embrace the possibilities and let your frozen mashed potato balls revolutionize your cooking routine. As they say, the freezer is your secret weapon for easy and delicious meals.

Here is an easy way to freeze eggs.

***Here is an article that has some good information about saftey measures to take when freezing food.

 

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot – Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Oh, the comfort of mashed potatoes! If you enjoy the flavor of rosemary, and garlic, and mashed potatoes, then you are going to love this Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe. It is easy, of course, because cooking in the Instant Pot is always a pleasure.

I have had my Instant Pot for several years, and still, use it almost every day. Now that is one appliance worth keeping. (I have two). If you don’t have one, get one! If you have one and haven’t started using it, start using it. So many people get an Instant Pot and never start using it because they are intimidated. DON’T BE!  There are so many tutorials and recipes out there and this gadget will seriously make your life so much easier.

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. Not only does it smell fabulous, it really does enhance the flavor of so many dishes. For this recipe, I use fresh, when I have it available, but if you don’t have fresh, just use dried rosemary.

Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  •  5-6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 5-7 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (2 Tablespoons dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter/or Ghee
  • 1/4 cup milk or nut milk of your choice

Instructions

1  – Peel Potatoes.

Treat yourself to a good potato peeler. There is nothing more frustrating than a poor peeler. I used to hate peeling potatoes until I got a decent peeler. It is a big game changer! This is the one that I like.

2-  Place the steam basket into the pot. If you don’t have one you can cook without.

3-  Cut potato into quarters and put in the steam basket

4-  Add 1 cup water or broth

5-  Place the sprigs of rosemary over the potatoes.

6-  Add the garlic

7-  Place the lid on the Instant Pot and secure pressure valve.

8-  Press “MANUAL”  and adjust pressure for 25 minutes

9-  When the timer sounds, use the “QUICK RELEASE” method by flipping valve to vent

10- Remove steam basket or drain potatoes if you didn’t use a steam basket.

11- Remove rosemary

12- Add butter and milk.

13- Using an electric hand mixer, whip potatoes until creamy.

Instant Pot – Rosemary & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, flavorful mashed potatoes that you can make up quick and easy with the Instant Pot,

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time35 min
  • Total Time45 min
  • Serving Size6

Ingredients

    •  5-6 medium russet potatoes
    • 1 cup chicken broth or water
    • 5-7 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary (2 Tablespoons dried)
    • 1 Tablespoon Butter/or Ghee
    • 1/4 cup milk or nut milk of your choice

INSTUCTIONS

1

Peel Potatoes.

 
2

Place steam basket into pot. If you don’t have one you can cook without.

3

Cut potato into quarters and put in the steam basket

4

Add 1 cup water or broth

5

Place the sprigs of rosemary over the potatoes.

6

Add the garlic

7

Place the lid on the Instant Pot and secure pressure valve.

8

Press “MANUAL”  and adjust pressure for 25 minutes

9

When the timer sounds, use the “QUICK RELEASE” method by flipping valve to vent

10

Remove steam basket or drain potatoes if you didn’t use a steam basket.

11

Remove rosemary

12

Add butter and milk.

13

Using an electric hand mixer, whip potatoes until creamy.

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