For Thanksgiving I made 7 pounds of Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes for our company meal. We really didn’t have much leftover. Everyone seems to love mashed potatoes and gravy – including me. With my Breville Smart Oven Air fryer I am always thinking about what I can air fry sans oil to transform our plant based favorites into something even more extraordinary! So of course I took those leftover garlic mashed potatoes and rolled them into balls and air fried them. Holy Moly are they ever tasty. To guild the lily just a bit I made a batch of Donna’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce to dip them in – perfection!
I had a plate of these for lunch – yes I did! These would be excellent as an appetizer for Christmas or New Years Eve. It’s a fun finger food that just about everyone would love. Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? Okay there is probably someone out there who doesn’t like them but that’s okay because I’ll eat the ones they don’t want! Shown with Donna’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce for dipping.
Since the Garlic Mashed Potatoes were so amazing air fried I decided to stuff some baby bella mushrooms. These are also pretty amazing. Just de-stem and clean out the mushrooms like I showed you how to do in the large Garlic Mashed Stuffed Portobella Mushroom video and blog post. Fill the mushroom cap with potatoes and oven fry at 400 degrees 12-15 minutes and you have a scrumptious little bite of heaven. They make a lovely appetizer or side dish. They are so darn cute too! I topped some of them with Donna’s Cheeze Sauce and popped them back in the air fryer for a minute or two just to heat up the cheeze a bit. Garnish with some chives and you are good to munch!
This is a meal all on it’s own! Some Garlic Mashed Potato Balls and some Stuffed Baby Bella’s with a little Vegan Cheeze Sauce.
This will be a regular menu item for us with left over Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Easy and delicious – just what I like. I have made these twice already.
Garlic Mashed Potato Balls & Stuffed Mini Bella Mushrooms
- One batch Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes or leftovers – best to have chilled potatoes so they are firm
- Donna’s Cheeze Sauce
- baby bella mushrooms
- Fresh Chives ,dried chives or sliced green onions – optional for garnish
Preheat air fryer to 425 degrees for the potato balls. Preheat to 400 degrees for the stuffed baby bella mushrooms.
For Potato Balls: Using a scoop of chilled potatoes one at a time roll them and place on your air fryer rack. Air fry for 20-15 minutes or until nicely browned. The time will vary depending on how large you make them and how moist the potatoes are.
For Baby Bella’s: Remove the stem from the mushroom and using a small spoon clean out the gills. Using a small scoop of mashed potatoes gently press it down onto the mushroom cap so it won’t fall off during cooking. Place on frying rack and air fry for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are getting slightly brown and the mushroom is cooked. If desired top with some of the cheeze sauce and put back in the air fryer to warm the cheeze slightly.
Serving suggestion; Garnish with fresh or dried chives or sliced green onions. Serve with Donna’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce for dipping or spread some cheeze sauce on top and enjoy.
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