Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins Recipe With Spinach & Peppers (Plus Protein-Rich Secret Ingredients) by Elisa Schmitz

Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins Recipe With Spinach & Peppers (Plus Protein-Rich Secret Ingredients)

Mashed potatoes are the queen of side dishes, especially during the holidays. But that means we may make them too often or make too many, leaving us with tons of leftover mashed potatoes.

Whether you have leftover mashed potatoes or plan to make some as a side dish this holiday season, you're going to love this this easy mashed potato muffins recipe. Inspired by this five-ingredient mashed potato puffs recipe, this creamy mashed potato muffins recipe will change the way you think about mashed potatoes!

This cheesy mashed potato cups recipe is loaded with healthy spinach and red peppers, plus protein-rich secret ingredients that boost nutrition. What are these powerful secret ingredients? Low-fat cottage cheese and low-fat plain Greek yogurt (read about the health benefits of cottage cheese and the health benefits of Greek yogurt).

To make these gluten-free mashed potato muffins, you will need mashed potatoes, eggs, low-fat plain Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, smoked paprika, olive oil, red peppers and fresh baby spinach. These yummy mashed potato puffs make a great side dish with dinner or a snack any time of day.

Because these potato puffs taste similar to crustless quiche, we even ate them for breakfast and brunch. They're a wonderful appetizer for family gatherings!

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Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes (ovens vary)

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 24


  • 3 cups cooked mashed potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • 16 ounces fresh baby spinach

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Recipe Notes

  • If you don't have red pepper, you can use any color bell pepper. If you don't have spinach, you can use another vegetable, such as steamed broccoli.
  • Instead of cheddar cheese, you could try gruyere, Parmesan or another favorite cheese.
  • Instead of Greek yogurt, you could use sour cream.
  • Feel free to add more or less garlic powder and/or paprika, depending on your tastes.
  • You could sprinkle additional shredded cheese on top of the muffins before baking, if desired.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.

Here's how to make it:

  1. To a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and red peppers. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the spinach to the skillet.
  3. Allow the spinach to steam for a couple of minutes until wilted, then stir to combine the vegetables. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, garlic powder and paprika. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Mix well to thoroughly combine.
  6. Add the vegetable mixture to the mashed potato mixture.
  7. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  8. Add muffin liners (or spray with nonstick cooking spray) to two muffin tins. Fill the liners with the mixture.
  9. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven until cooked through and tops are browned, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 165

Total Fat: 11.6g

Saturated Fat: 2.7g

Cholesterol: 52mg

Sodium: 163mg

Total Carbohydrate: 10.8g

Dietary Fiber: 3.5g

Total Sugars: 2.3g

Protein: 7.8g

Vitamin D: 5mcg

Calcium: 135mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 591mg

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These look seriously delicious and a lot of fun too
Elisa Schmitz
They really are a nice change of pace from regular mashed potatoes. An unexpected snack, appetizer or side dish everyone will enjoy!

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