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Cheesy pizza balls recipe

Cheesy pizza balls recipe

5 ratings

Melting Cheddar cheese, spicy pepperoni, creamy mash - these cheesy pizza balls have it all. Using ready made mashed potato for a clever shortcut, these cheese-filled croquettes are coated in breadcrumbs and baked until golden and crisp for a super indulgent winter snack to share. See method

  • Makes 12
  • 15 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 537 calories / serving


  • 425g pack mashed potato
  • 12 pizza pepperoni slices
  • 120g Cheddar, sliced into 12 5 x 1cm sticks
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 15g fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 175g panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp tomato ketchup, to serve
If you don't have any Cheddar, try using another hard cheese

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    22g 31%
  • Saturates

    11g 54%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    2.1g 36%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 62.1g Protein 20g Fibre 3.6g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220˚C, fan 200˚C. Heat the mashed potato in the microwave for 2 mins, then stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Wrap a slice of pepperoni around each piece of Cheddar and set aside. Stir the garlic and basil into the mashed potato until well combined.
  3. Lightly oil your hands with a little vegetable oil (this will prevent the mash from sticking). Take 1 tbsp of the mash and flatten it into a circle in the centre of your palm. Place a piece of pepperoni-wrapped Cheddar in the centre of the mash, then shape into a ball by bringing up the sides and sealing at the top. Repeat with the remaining mash and Cheddar.
  4. Put the flour in a bowl, the egg in another, and breadcrumbs in a final bowl. Coat each ball in the flour, then the egg (shaking off any excess) and finally roll in the breadcrumbs. Place on a lined baking tray and repeat with all the balls.
  5. Bake for 8 mins. Serve immediately, with ketchup for dipping.
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