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Baked Cheesy Mashed Potato Bites

Mashed potato bite broken open on parchment paper. Muffin tray of additional mashed potato bites in the background

What is more comforting than mashed potatoes? How about Baked Mashed Potatoes loaded with cheese and broccoli, and baked into delicious mashed potato bites that have kids happily eating their vegetables for dinner?

Not many were more proud of their Irish heritage than my mother-in-law. She was a huge fan of all that is Irish, from being an active member of the local Irish club to attending monthly Irish dancing lessons.

Close up of mashed potato bite in muffin tray.

Every St. Patrick’s Day the whole family would attend an Irish Mass followed by a brunch she helped organize. There are 6 children in my husband’s family, along with spouses and grandchildren. We had a group of 25 in attendance supporting her every year.

During the brunch, there was Irish singing, dancing, and lots of Irish food served. It was a memorable way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to say the least. My mother-in-law is no longer with us, and how I miss her and our “Irish Grandma.”

As a way to continue her love of the Irish, every St. Paddy’s day I try to make the day fun for my kids. For more fun St. Patrick’s Day Ideas, check out these recipes.

Nutrition Tip: Roast russet potatoes, [skin on!], with a bit of olive oil and rosemary for a delicious side dish that is filled with more potassium than a banana.

Close up of mashed potato bite with muffin tray in background

This year Baked Mashed Potato Bites will be on the menu. They fit for a few reasons:

  1. They have a hint of green – the celebratory color of St. Paddy’s Day!
  2. What’s more Irish than potatoes?

I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine did. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Baked Cheesy Mashed Potato Bites - What is more comforting than mashed potatoes? How about Baked Mashed Potatoes loaded with cheese, broccoli, baked into delicious mashed potato bites that have kids happily eating their vegetables for dinner!

Baked Cheesy Mashed Potato Bites

These Baked Mashed Potatoes loaded with cheese, broccoli, baked into delicious mashed potato bites that have kids happily eating their vegetables for dinner!

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Russet potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli, steamed

Instructions

  1. Add potatoes to medium pot. Add enough cold water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine potatoes, eggs and cheese in medium bowl. Mash until smooth. Gently stir in broccoli. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Divide into 6 muffin tins for large bites, or 12 for smaller potato bites. Use mini muffin tin if desired.
  5. Bake 20 minutes. Serve immediately or freeze for later.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 5gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

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Jodi Danen

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Jodi Danen

Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian and mother of two elementary-aged budding chefs. She is the voice of Create Kids Club, a food and nutrition blog for parents who desire healthy family meals but are short on time. Her recipes are simple to prepare, have a short ingredient list, and focus on fresh foods. With her background in school nutrition, she is passionate about getting children in the kitchen cooking at young ages & believes this is key to forming healthy habits for life.

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