Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Puffs

These crispy sweet potato goat cheese puffs are great as a party appetizer or just a fun side to dinner.

I’m going to bet that there will be quite a few posts today about Madonna’s performance, some Budweiser commercial, so and so’s horrible play…blah, blah, blah. But guess what? I don’t have cable, I didn’t watch a second of the superbowl and so I have nothing to say about it.

I do have some cheesy balls for you though.

Crispy, cheesy on the outside, creamy and sweet on the inside.

Sweet potato goat cheese puffs

Personally, I think that sounds way better than anything having to do with football.

Sweet potato puffs stuffed with goat cheese

I find that experimenting in the kitchen is best done on a full stomach (kind of like grocery shopping) so that I hopefully avoid shoving whatever’s just come out of the oven straight into my face once it’s cooked.

There was no hope with these.

I ate lunch right before and still downed 3 immediately. As in, they didn’t even make it into the pictures.

Sweet potato puffs

Sorry, I’m not sorry.

While I don’t have any picky eater kids at home, I couldn’t help but think how awesome these would be for them after popping a couple in my mouth. I know I wasn’t a huge sweet potato fan when I was younger, but if someone had mixed them with goat cheese and rolled them in parmesan and breadcrumbs, I’m pretty sure I would’ve eaten a few and not complained. Or more likely, I would’ve put up a front and still complained but secretly loved them. Yeah, I was that kind of kid.

Sweet potato and goat cheese puffs

Not that I wanted to watch the game at all last night, but it’s kind of a shame I didn’t have a superbowl party to bring these to. I’m thinking they would’ve gone like hotcakes.

Goat cheese sweet potato puffs

Instead, I sat home alone, watching Mad Men, playing words with friends and eating these on my couch in sweats. Not sure what’s more pathetic, the fact that I had no where to go or that I actually preferred it that way so I had more of the cheesy balls to myself.

So, who ended up winning anyway?

Yield: 20 servings

Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Puffs

Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Puffs

These crispy sweet potato goat cheese puffs are great as a party appetizer or just a fun side to dinner.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, minced & divided
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated & divided
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and place potatoes in pot. Cook for 15 minutes until fork tender, drain.
  2. Place cooked potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Add goat cheese, butter, milk, 1/2 cup of parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and a generous amount of salt & pepper to taste. Mash together.
  4. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until chilled.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  7. In a small bowl, beat the egg.
  8. In a shallow bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining parmesan cheese, remaining rosemary, salt & pepper.
  9. Roll potato mixture into small balls (ping pong size or smaller).
  10. Coat balls in egg and then transfer to breadcrumb mixture, rolling around until completely coated. Place on baking sheet.
  11. Spritz balls with olive oil or baking spray and bake for 15 minutes.
  12. Turn oven onto Hi-Broil and bake for 5 more minutes until golden brown and crispy.



  1. katie @KatieDid

    ahhh just pinned these, they look so incredible. Every flavor in there is one of my favorites, and I’ve been adoring goat cheese lately- I go through phases. Gotta make these soon!

  2. Julie @ Table for Two

    um, YUM! I’m not a sweet potato fan myself but I’m positive you can convince me to pop a few of these babies in my mouth because of that goat cheese. I barely watched the game last night. We had a party but I mostly did it cause I wanted to make super bad food. Madonna’s performance was a meh.

  3. Kat

    Funny how you mention the kids ;) I was literally thinking how these would be PERFECT for Peanut because she LOVES sweet potato and these just look fun!

  4. Amanda

    Your night sounds way more fun than watching the Super Bowl. I only half-watched it, but even the commercials this year were kind of blah. I’ll take Mad Man over football any day!

  5. Margarita

    These look great! I was at a superbowl party and brought my laptop so I can blog. I’d rather be cooking. Lol! When those kids do come, I bet you won’t even get to eat one of these puffs!

  6. Noelle

    I have tried and tried, but I just do not like goat cheese. How do you think these would do with ricotta instead (cause that stuff I could eat by the [very large] spoonful)?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Not sure about ricotta. Taste wise it might be ok, but I think the consistency/texture might be a little funky. But hey, if you love it give it a shot! Cream cheese would also be a good substitute if you like that.

  7. Deanna

    I sat at home, didn’t watch the game, and nursed a post brunch and subsequent nap mid-day hangover. It could have been way worse than it was. It would have been better with sweet potato puffs.

  8. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I have never been a fan of sweet potatoes but these might actually convince me to try them. BTW’s I made the stromboli on Saturday…didn’t look near as nice as yours…in fact it was a hot mess I think, but it still tasted AMAZING. I will try again and see if I can get it to look any more professional. ;-)

  9. Corinne

    You must have some sweet potatoes lying around! I am so tempted to go out and get sweet potatoes now, it looks pretty easy too. Hope you enjoyed your non-super bowl sunday!

  10. Lindsay @ biking before bed

    Wow I am so excited to hear I am not the only one who:

    1) Hated sweet potatoes growing up. I just associated them with the nasty marshmellow mess at Thanksgiving and
    2) Didn’t watch the super bowl. OK I lied. I watched the last 5 minutes.

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  12. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    Good morning! I could see myself eating these sweet potato balls for breakfast with a fried egg…or really any time of day. After trying them with goat cheese and parm, I’d probably throw in some gruyere as well. Thanks for the idea and congrats on having this recipe featured on Tasty Kitchen!

  13. Ruth Kreuger

    Wow these were mighty fine. I made this for a family dinner tonight. I replaced goat cheese with feta + cream cheese because my grocery was out. DELICIOUS! All of them were gone!

  14. Lisa

    I made these last night. AMAZING!! I changed up the spices a bit and used greek yogurt instead of butter and added jalepeno bits. My boyfriend loved them. Great way to mix up sweet potato recipes!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I love hearing how everyone has been changing these up just a little and still loving them. So glad you liked it! :) Love your addition of jalapeno. Might try that next time!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      The ingredients are what you see in the recipe, it’s a savory sweet potato side dish.

  15. LaShel

    These sound wonderful and might just be the thing I’m looking for to round out (punny!) the menu for a Hawaiian-inspired wedding buffet. Have you tried freezing the balls before putting the breadcrumb mixture on them? I will be making them soon as a dry run, but in your opinion would I be out of my mind to make them for 175?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I haven’t tried freezing them before. They’re a bit messy so to be honest, 175 would scare me! haha They would make a great addition to a buffet, but I would definitely suggest a dry run, like you said so you can see for yourself first :)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’m honestly not sure but if I tried it, it would probably be before baking and rolling.

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  19. Amy

    I had some goat cheese potato puffs at a restaurant this weekend, and immediately started searching for a recipe which led me here! :) Only difference was the restaurant’s version were regular potatoes and not sweet potatoes. Do you think this substitution would work in this recipe?

  20. Gina

    Ok, I know I’m coming late to the game (pun intended) but I came upon these via Pinterest last Sunday. Since just ‘happened’ to have all the ingredients, I added these to the dinner menu. For flavor, they get 5 stars out of 5 stars. Kids liked ’em, hubby liked ’em, even my mother (the most finicky eater in the house) liked ’em. BUT they did not come out beautiful like yours. OK, fine, they weren’t even puffed. They were like delicious little flat discs, breaded and baked. Mind you, no one but me knew they were supposed to be all fluffy and round… So, suggestions? I tried rolling them by hand, using a cookie scoop, begging them to stick together and keep thier shape, and even cursing them under my breath to no avail. Is there some little secret I missed? I did use my food processor to combine all of the ingredients…perhaps they were too finely mashed? That and adding fresh garlic chives are the only things I did differently than your instructions, so that is my guess anyway. I have a house full of guests this weekend who will be munching on these while having a game night, and I’d love for them to be lovely like yours. PS – I’m enjoying your blog, now that I’ve found it. And I’m sure both of us having the same first name has nothing to do with it. ;)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hey Gina- I’m thinking the food processor might’ve been the issue like you said. I’ve never had them not hold their shape and turn out flat so that’s really weird it happened to you. I’d guess it was too mashed as you mentioned. Glad they at least tasted good!

      1. Gina

        Apparently that was the problem. I mashed them in the mixer for game night, and they were fine. Yeah! They were the first appetizer to run out. ;) thanks!

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  23. Lauren

    These look delicious! Not sure if you’ll see this in time but I’m hoping to make this for a party tomorrow night. The only problem is that my broiler doesn’t work. Any tips on what to do for those last 5 min?

  24. MiniMasterChef

    HI! These look delicious, but I just have one question: do you peel the potatoes after you’ve cooked them? Nothing is stated explicitly in the instructions, but in the pictures there doesn’t appear to be any skin on them. Thank you!!

  25. Arielle Masters

    Made these for Thanksgiving. They didn’t appeal to most of the guests, but I thought they were super-yummy and ate most of them myself. They were soooo good!

  26. Jennie Eastman-Kiesow

    Do you think I could make these ahead and freeze them – or just refrigerate 24 hours before baking? I would love to make them for TDay, but I would have to be able to prep them ahead.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You can definitely prep most of these ahead of time (steps 1-4 in directions). I would roll in the breadcrumbs and bake right before serving though to avoid them getting mushy.


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