4strips crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled into 1/2-inch pieces (you can also use cubes of leftover ham!)
2large eggs, lightly beaten and divided
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1 1/2cupspanko bread crumbs
Salt, for sprinkling
Sour cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, green onion, cheese, bacon, 1 egg, flour, pepper, and garlic powder until combined.
Roll into balls roughly 1 1/2-inches in size. Place the beaten egg in a shallow pan. Place the panko in a shallow pan. Dip each potato ball in the egg then cover completely in bread crumbs. Place on a greased baking sheet and spray briefly with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crisp on the outside. It may not brown very much but will still get crispy.
Serve alongside sour cream garnished with additional chopped green onions.
You may need to adjust the ingredients depending on the consistency of your leftover mashed potatoes. If the mixture looks too dry and isn't holding together, add one more egg. If it looks too wet, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it comes together.
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