Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatballs

If you’re anything like me, your favorite part of any party or get together is hands down the appetizers/snacks, amIright?  AND the ultimate app/snack time of the year is coming soon with football and college basketball big games coming up!  I am definitely not a football fan (put me in a baseball stadium any day) but I do love me some good game party food, especially any saucy ones in a slow cooker, so I set out to create a new fave of my own…mashed potato-stuffed meatballs.

Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR

These start out with my favorite meatball recipe which I’ve been making with ground bison lately and are liking it a ton more than ground beef in recipes.  It’s so much more lean and seems to have a lot more flavor.  Other than the meatball ingredients, you’ll just need some of your favorite barbeque sauce and a package or two of flavored Idaho Spuds Instant mashed potatoes.

Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
 I like to prepare my meatball mixture first then let it sit while everything else is prepared.  I’m not a fan but I’ve read too many times that it makes a great difference if you fold it gently by hand instead of mixing it with a utensil so that’s what I always do, and so far so good.
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
Next up is preparing the mashed potatoes which takes all of a couple of minutes with these Idaho Spuds Instant Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes, seriously.  All they need is boiling water then they’re ready to go!  I could eat an entire pot of these.
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
To make it easier to work with when stuffing, spoon small balls of the mashed potatoes onto a lined baking sheet and freeze.
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
Once they’re frozen through, form your meat mixture thoroughly around the potato ball and shape into meatball-sized balls.  Some potato will inevitably leak out but just do the best you can to seal them up.
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
Saute your meatballs in a nonstick skillet just until they’re brown on all sides, being gentle when you turn them.  I got this amazing slow cooker last Christmas whose insert doubles as a skillet so I can brown meats right in the same pot they cook in, LOVE it!!  #onelessdish
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
Once they’re browned, pour in your barbeque sauce, gently stir to coat, then set on low and allow them to cook for about two hours.
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
You can serve them individually with toothpicks as an appetizer or you can make them a full-on meal by serving them over rice.  Either way be sure you make a lot because these little guys are super addicting!
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR

Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR

Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR

How’s that for a super easy appetizer for the big game?!  

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Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR
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Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatballs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 30 mins
 
A quick and easy appetizer that combines two favorites, meatballs and mashed potatoes!
Servings: 5 -6 servings
Author: Table & Hearth
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef bison, or turkey
  • 1 package Idaho Spuds instant mashed potatoes in your flavor choice
  • 1/2 c breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c onion minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 bottle 12oz of your favorite BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare potatoes according to package directions
  2. Form into small balls (~1tsp) and place on baking sheet then freeze
  3. Combine meat, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, and spices by hand
  4. Form into circles then gently wrap around frozen potato ball
  5. Brown meatballs in olive oil over medium-high heat
  6. Place in crockpot set to low heat
  7. Pour barbeque sauce over meatballs and gently stir to coat
  8. Cover and let cook for 2-3 hours on low
Recipe Notes
Serve as an appetizer with toothpicks or over rice for a meal

 

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Two favorites in one!! These mashed-potato-stuffed meatballs are easy and quick to make for your next party or quick dinner! @idahospuds #BigFlavor #CLVR

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