These fried mashed potato balls are a simple and tasty appetiser. Great for packing into your kids’ lunchboxes or for whipping up as an after-school snack.
So, I created this recipe when I had some leftover mashed potato in the refrigerator that I just did not know what to do with.
Sometimes I find that mashed potatoes can often be a bit tasteless on their own, but I made sure to add spices and herbs to ensure that the potato filling is packed with flavour.
For making this mashed potato balls recipe, you must make the mashed potato mixture chilled. This will make it so much easier to shape the balls and they will hold their shape much better when they are fried.
Try to make even-sized balls as this will make sure that they cook at the same time. I find that using an ice cream scoop helps to make everything look all uniform.
Once I have formed the balls, I prepare the breadcrumbs. Although I haven’t mentioned this in the recipe card as it isn’t essential, sometimes I like to season my breadcrumbs with herbs and spices to give everything that extra oomph of flavour.
For the breadcrumbs, I always use panko breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs are a type of Japanese breadcrumbs that are lighter and crispier than regular breadcrumbs.
This makes them perfect for coating these mashed potato balls. They will give the potato balls a delicious and crispy texture.
Once ready to fry, it is very important that you make sure the oil temperature is correct and that you maintain this temperature.
Too hot and the breadcrumbs will burn too quickly. Too cold and the balls will fall apart.
The best way to check the oil temperature is with a kitchen thermometer. For frying these mashed potato balls, the temperature of the oil should be maintained at approximately 350°F (175°C).
To maintain the oil temperature is very important that the mashed potatoes are fried in small batches.
To reheat any leftover mashed potato balls it is best to avoid the microwave as this will make the balls soggy instead of crispy. No one wants soggy potato balls.
Instead, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the potato balls on a baking sheet. Heat them for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until they are hot and crispy again.
Ever so crispy and delicious, these fried mashed potato balls are an absolute must-try.
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