Savoury Squirrel Bakes

1 lb potatoes, boiled and mashed
4 oz grated Cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 375*.  In a bowl, beat the potatoes with the cheese, butter, 
chives, salt and pepper until smooth.  If the dough is too loose to handle, 
stir in flour to make a firm dough. Turn the dough onto a floured board and 
form it into a 2-inch thick log.  Cut the log into 1-inch slices and shape the 
slices into balls.  Set up a bowl with the egg and another bowl with the 
breadcrumbs.  Coat each ball of dough in egg, then breadcrumbs, then place it 
on a baking sheet.  Bake until browned, about 20 minutes (alternately, fry the 
cakes over medium heat in 1/2 inch of vegetable oil until browned on all sides, 
about 5 minutes.)

We decided rolliing out a log was too much effort, so we just scooped teaspoons 
of dough and rolled them into balls.  We didn't have breadcrumbs, so we used 
quick oats instead.   We skipped the salt and pepper in process and used it on 
the finished product.  Tasty, but basically just mashed potatoes with cheddar 
cheese and chives.  This is way too much effort for a feast dish, but it might 
be fun to make with small children.