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Baked Broccoli Cheddar Tots

These Baked Broccoli Cheddar Tots are a fun, easy, and delicious way to turn leftover mashed potatoes into a new meal. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Keyword: Kid Friendly, Leftovers, Snacks
Total Cost: $3.22 recipe / $0.54 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes, chilled $1.02
  • 1 cup Borden® Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar $0.94
  • 1/2 lb frozen broccoli florets $0.90
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 large egg $0.27


  • Allow the broccoli florets to thaw, then chop them into very small pieces. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the chilled leftover mashed potatoes in a large bowl, along with the chopped broccoli, cheddar shreds, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Stir until everything is evenly combined. Taste the mixture and adjust the salt or spices if needed.
  • Briefly whisk the egg in a small bowl, then add it to the mashed potato mixture. Stir until it is fully incorporated into the mashed potatoes. Using your hands, take about one to one and a half tablespoons of the potato mixture at a time and roll them into small tots. The mixture will be wet, but not very sticky. You may need to rinse your hands once or twice during the process. The mixture should make 50-60 tots.
  • Once rolled, bake the tots for 35 minutes, rolling them twice throughout to achieve even browning (roll at 15 minutes, then at 25 minutes). Use a fork to help you roll each tot over. Serve the tots immediately after baking.