Crispy Potato Balls

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Potatoes, in their humble versatility, have found their place in global cuisine. From French fries to creamy mashed potatoes, they serve as the cornerstone of comfort food. But today, we’re doing something a bit different. We’re taking a simple list of ingredients and turning it into a snack or side that will make you question why you haven’t been doing this all along.

Crispy Potato Balls aren’t tied to any specific cuisine, which means you’ll find different variations of this dish all over the world. Whether you’re at an American barbecue or a Latin American fiesta, the concept is the same: take mashed potatoes, season them, shape them into balls, and fry until golden and crispy. Simple, yet irresistibly good.

Tips for Cooking

Before you dive in, a couple of pointers can make your potato ball endeavor a crispy success.

  • Choice of Potatoes: Go for a starchy variety like Russets for better mashing and texture.
  • Oil Temperature: The perfect frying temperature is crucial. Use a kitchen thermometer to maintain the oil at 160°C.
  • Batch Cooking: Don’t crowd the pan; it will drop the oil temperature and give you soggy potato balls.
  • Draining: A wire rack works better than paper towels for draining and keeping the balls crispy.

How to Cook Crispy Potato Balls

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lbs (600 g) potatoes
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.35 fl oz (40 ml) cooking oil

Instructions

  • Boil and Mash: Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash them until smooth.
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  • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with cornflour, salt, and black pepper.
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  • Shape Balls: Using your hands, shape the mixture into small, golf-ball-sized spheres.
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  • Heat Oil: In a frying pan, heat the oil to 160°C.
  • Fry: Fry the potato balls in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until they are golden and crispy, about 7 minutes.
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  • Drain: Remove the potato balls from the oil and place them on a wire rack to drain.
  • Serve: Once drained, they are ready to be enjoyed as a standalone snack or as a side dish.
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How to Serve

You can enjoy these Crispy Potato Balls in various ways:

  • As a snack, serve them with a side of dipping sauce,like  a marinara, spicy ketchup or aioli.
  • You can also make them a bit fancier by topping them with some dry/freshly chopped herbs or vegan parmesan.
How to cook crispy potato ball

Crispy Potato Balls

Crispy Potato Balls are a versatile snack or side dish made of seasoned mashed potatoes, fried until golden.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Frying pan
  • kitchen thermometer
  • wire rack for draining

Ingredients
  

  • 1.3 lbs (or 600g) potatoes
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.35 fl oz (or 40 ml) cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Boil and Mash: Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash them until smooth.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with cornflour, salt, and black pepper.
  • Shape Balls: Using your hands, shape the mixture into small, golf-ball-sized spheres.
  • Heat Oil: In a frying pan, heat the oil to 160°C.
  • Fry: Fry the potato balls in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until they are golden and crispy, about 7 minutes.

Notes

To add more flavors, consider adding minced garlic or spices like paprika to the potato mixture before frying.
Calories: 350kcal
Cost: $5
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: Crispy Potato Balls, Crunchy Potato Snack, Easy Snack Recipe, Quick Side Dish

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  1. Stephanie Stauffer says:

    Can you use white flour and get similar results?

    1. White flour doesn’t work unfortunately. Potato starch is known for that perfect crunch when fried. I’d stick with it for the best results!

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