Easy, quick, and fully loaded Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes in the air fryer are light, fluffy, and dreamy. You are going to love the buttery and cheese flavors that are complemented with celery seeds for freshness.
The ramekins make this recipe ideal for a tasteful appetizer or in bigger ramekins for a lite meal. You get to choose, if you need more just double the recipe. And if you have a Ninja Foodi, you can make mashed potatoes in no time with its pressure cooker setting.
I love the simplicity of this recipe and how I can use leftover mashed potatoes. Heck, you could follow our Twice-Baked Potatoes recipe if you want. All you’ll need to do differently is cook it in the air fryer.
- Leftover mashed potatoes (I used Russets for our mashed potatoes the previous night cooked in the Ninja Foodi)
- Garlic powder (you can use onion powder)
- Celery seed (celery seed brings freshness)
- Sour cream
- Shredded Colby Jack cheese (Cheddar or mozzarella, or your favorites)
HINT: I prefer shredding block cheese because it gives a more buttery texture when melted and I love the stringiness on the first bite.
- Bacon bits (Or 6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled in pieces)
See the recipe card for quantities.
Butter 3 ramekins, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine leftover mashed potatoes with the garlic powder and celery seeds. Mix until well combined.
Add in the sour cream, just a ¼ cup of Shredded Colby Jack cheese (or your favorite), and just a ¼ cup of bacon bits. Combine all ingredients until smooth.
Divide the loaded potato mixture equally into 3 ramekins.
Cook in the air fryer on the manual setting at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bacon bits evenly over each ramekin.
Cook in the air fryer for another 4 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted and golden.
Serve and enjoy!
Remember mashed potatoes will have different textures depending on the potatoes. I used Russets. If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, check out our Twice-Baked Potatoes recipe. The potato mixture is from scratch and uses chicken broth which brings a nice smoothness. It will give you light, creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.
- Mixing bowls
- Air Fryer (One of my go-to’s is the Cosori 5.8 QT)
- Mixing dough hook: Tobepico Danish Dough Hook
If your leftovers are still in the ramekins, cover them with plastic film. Or place it in an air-tight container. Place the portions in the fridge. It should be eaten within two to three days.
Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes Go Great With…
Smoked Sirloin Tip Roast is a wonderful meaty, tender, and juicy roast when smoked with maple wood. Marinated overnight for a meal to remember.
Smoked Sausages are tender on the inside, and slightly crisp on the outside. The smoking wood brings another flavor and smoothness to the sausages.
Smoked Chicken Drumsticks are tender and juicy with light & crispy skin. The simple rub and “Low & Slow” cook gives every bite the perfect warmth.
Twice-baked potatoes. No mashed potato leftovers,
No Worries. Use this recipe for light, creamy, fluffy, and fully loaded mashed potatoes.
Leftover mashed potatoes never tasted so good. What did you serve them with?
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Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes
- Mixing Bowls
- Air Fryer
- Danish Dough Hook
- 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or onion powder)
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ cup shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided (¼ cup mixed with the potatoes and ¼ cup for toppings)
- ½ cup divided bacon bits or 6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled into pieces (¼ cup mixed with the potatoes and a ¼ cup for toppings)
Prepare and Mix
- Butter 3 ramekins, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine leftover mashed potatoes with the garlic powder and celery seeds. Mix until combined.
- Add in the sour cream, ¼ cup shredded cheese, and ¼ cup bacon bits. Mix until all ingredients are blended.
- Divide the potato mixture equally into 3 ramekins.
Air Fry and get Cheesy
- Cook in the air fryer on the manual setting at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes.
- Remove the basket from the air fryer.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly on each ramekin with the bacon bits.
- Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted to your liking.
- Serve and Enjoy!
You can use a small pan that fits in the air fryer and serve it like a casserole.
Yes. The temperature and time may vary, a good rule of thumb is to check at halfway to see how it is cooking.
There are a ton of recipes out there. If you have one you like, I’m sure using it will be a great starting point. Check out our “Twice-Baked Potatoes” recipe to see my take on mashed potatoes.