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Potato and Cheese Snowballs

(2 Votes)
SERVES
12
COOK TIME
30 Min

Get a scrumptious, crunchy-cheesy fast food taste at home with Potato and Cheese Snowballs! This is truly a recipe that the whole family will enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4-stick) butter, divided
  • 1 (30-ounce) package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the potatoes, and cook, turning frequently, for 12 to 15 minutes, until browned. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
     
  2. In the same skillet, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter then add the onions and garlic; saute the onions and garlic until golden, being careful not to burn. Stir the onions and garlic into the potatoes. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the potatoes into 12 equal-sized scoops, packing tightly, and place the scoops on the baking sheet.
     
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until browned and heated through.

 

Note

These are great served right away, or they can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated overnight to serve for brunch or with dinner the next day. Just reheat in a 300 degrees F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through.  

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Delicious! Crispy, with great flavor. My older son put ketchup on his, but my little one and I thought they were perfect as is. Almost, they were a little on the salty side. Next time I'll put less salt in. I made half of the recipe, and I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup, as someone else suggested. I got 7 good sized "snowballs" out of it. I also added a little bit of cheddar, as I didn't have enough mozzarella on hand. I already passed the recipe on to my neighbor.

can these be made in muffin tins?

Hi there! Yes, these can be made in muffin tins. Be sure to pack the ingredients beforehand to ensure that this recipe turns out well. Thanks and enjoy!

I made these for a New Year's Day meal. They were easy to make and delicious! The bottoms were crispy and nicely browned. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form the potato mounds. Next time I will try Cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. SO good!

Instead of making them into individual scoops could the recipe be just baked as a casserole?

Yes, you can certainly bake this as a casserole. We recommend baking it at the same temperature, but checking for doneness around 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

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