If you can fry it…you bet I’ll eat it

Today’s recipe is definitely an ADVENTURE! I have never been so frustrated…frustrated and satisfied. So what is this food that caused so much dismay and frustration? Fried mash potatoes. Yep… And I know what you are thinking, THAT SOUNDS DELICIOUS! I know, I know, and what can I say other than I know what the public wants :P. Haha, anyway, I know that this may not be for everyone, but it was just such an interesting concept that I had to try it. I think I made it a little more difficult than necessary, but I’ll leave that for the notes section of the review. The recipe actually comes from a real life stumble. I was in class and my professor was talking about living in New Zealand (I went there :D), and how they use the fast food industry as a test market for new foods. He talked about some of the weird stuff he saw like the development of McCafe and Hawaiian burgers, but the he started talking about KFC. The one thing he misses is the fried mass…ahem, cue double take. FRIED WHAT!? I immediately write a note in my spiral, “find fried mash recipe”. Okay, so here is the website I found:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Fried-Mashed-Potato-Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  • Place the mashed potatoes in a bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the egg, cheese, onions and bacon bits. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in bread crumbs. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

Notes:

So, I went a little overboard. How’s that? I made like 10 or 12 servings worth of mash potatoes. Yaaah, but for good reason! I wanted to try different combos. I bought bacon bits, green onions, garlic powder, and cheese. I wanted ones by themselves and I wanted to combine some other the other together. Definitely wanted some heat in some of them too (thanks domino’s for supply my crush red pepper :P). Anyway, so why was I frustrated? Partially because I wasn’t patient enough and didn’t let the oil heat up all the way. The first few of mine didn’t come out well, but with practice they started looking good. The second lame thing was the panko wasn’t sticking to the mash before getting fried, or I would fry it and it would fry off. However, the ones that I got good look so good and tasted AWESOME! I think next time I’ll make a batter because the more I use bread crumbs, the more I hate it. Well, what can I do huh? Happy cooking!

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P.S: OH! I didn’t tell you which combo was the best. For sure if you like onion, add it right away. All the ones with onion were awesome, but which was the BEST of the BEST? I would have to vote the green onion, cayenne, garlic, bacon, and cheese. So the MEGA MIX :D! Enjoy.

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2 Responses

  1. Sounds great. We had these as potato pancakes as a kid but your sound better.

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