Fried Mashed Potatoes
I have a thing for potatoes. They’re oh so good but seriously filling. Whenever I make potatoes I seem to always make too much. It doesn’t matter what variety, I go overboard. The problem with this is that leftovers don’t seem to reheat well. Even if reheating didn’t leave you with soggy fries and less than desirable mashed potatoes, they’re still not anywhere near as good as a fresh batch.
So what do you do when you have made too much mashed potatoes? Do you force yourself to eat a couple more bites, save it for later or maybe even toss the extras? I hate throwing away something that is so good. If it’s an item I don’t love quite as much, it isn’t as hard to toss it if I am full and don’t want leftovers. But mashed potatoes, it’s practically a sin to let them go to waste. So I find myself eating way too much and regretting it. I now have a use for leftover mashed potatoes. That means no over eating and no throwing away. This of course wouldn’t be a regular item but it’s good for an occasional treat or maybe a party appetizer.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this food trial. The idea of fried potatoes seemed interesting but it could quickly prove to not be such a great idea. We all have those whether we talk about them or not. In the end, I was glad I tried this. They’re super tasty bites of mashed potatoes with a slightly crispy shell. They absolutely have a touch of grease to them but anything fried is going to have that. So use a fork or just wash your hands when you’re done. If you love mashed potatoes as much as I do, this is worth trying at least once. Next time I’ll probably skip frying in the deep fryer and use my electric skillet. The deep fryer proved to be the most troublesome part of the process but it wasn’t a disaster.
Yield: makes 14 or 15 balls
Fried Mashed Potatoes
1 C mashed potatoes
1/3 C mozzarella
1/3 C Parmesan
1/2 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 C plain bread crumbs
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
Make mashed potatoes as desired or use leftovers that have been chilled. This particular batch of mashed potatoes were made with garlic, butter, salt and pepper. I use very little milk and loads of butter. I don't overdue it but they definitely have a good buttery taste. If you haven't ever made garlic potatoes, it's really quite simple. Toss a few peeled garlic cloves in the water with your potatoes. Then simply season and mash when ready to do so. I always use a potato ricer prior to using my hand mixer. It is hands down the best kitchen gadget for making smooth, lump free potatoes. Lumps are not allowed in my mashed potatoes.
In a deep fryer or electric skillet, heat oil to 350. If using an electric skillet, oil should be roughly an inch deep. In a food processor, combine mashed potatoes, half of both cheeses, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and half of an egg. Blend well. If you forget to toss in your egg, like I did, just mix it in by hand. It doesn't have to be perfect. The egg gives it a bit more moisture to help hold onto the crumb coating. Remove mashed potato mixture to a bowl, set aside.
In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs with basil, oregano and remaining cheese. Stir well.
Using a small cookie scoop, take a scoop of your mashed potatoes. The cookie scoop will help keep your balls uniform in size. Roll into a ball. Toss potato ball into bread crumbs, lightly roll around or toss bread crumbs ontop of the ball to coat. Do not squish your ball as you try to coat, but do coat well. Transfer coated potato ball to a clean plate. Continue process until you have used up all of your potatoes.
Toss in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. This will help them solidify and set a bit. In the future I may let them chill even longer but definitely at least 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and fry in small batches for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until a nice golden brown but not burnt. It may be easier to fry in an electric skillet as you can keep your eye on the balls, as well as helping them to stay away from eachother.
Easily half of my fried potato balls exploded in the deep fryer but they were still super tasty. The other half were perfect and delicious. Do remember to keep children away when using hot oil as it splatters and pops. Place fried potato balls on a paper towel lined plate or bowl. Eat warm.