Fried Crispy Mashed Potato Balls Recipe

Total time: 20 min prep/ 1 hr rise/ 15 min fry
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

Fried mashed potato balls are a classic side dish prepared by boiling potatoes and mashing them with milk, yeast, flour, and oil. After letting them rise, add the seasoning and fry them until golden brown. They're perfect to be served with any sauce or chutney. Potatoes are considered to be a comfort food and can be enjoyed boiled, baked, or fried. These potato balls are easy to prepare and perfect as an appetizer or a side dish with almost any meal.

Can These Fried Mashed Potato Balls be Made Ahead of Time?

You can prepare these balls ahead of time, but I recommend not to fry them until you are ready to serve them. Instead, you can keep the fully assembled balls in the fridge for 1-2 days, or in the freezer for several weeks. Just make sure they are properly covered. If frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then fry.

Tips and Alternatives

  • Adding potatoes to already boiling water can lead to uneven cooking and lumpy mashed potatoes, try covering the potatoes with cold water in your pot and bring them to a boil, this will prevent them from cooking unevenly and they will be completely smooth.
  • You can add little cubes of mozzarella or cheese of your choice in the center before rolling them into balls. Be careful to place them in the center when assembling or it may lead to them bursting while frying.
  • You can substitute breadcrumbs with panko or crushed crackers.
  • If you have leftover mashed potatoes and want to use them to make something different, they work great in this recipe.

How to Store Crispy Fried Mashed Potato Balls

You can keep these balls in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days. To reheat, I recommend using an air fryer or the oven at 350F until they are fully warmed up.

boiled potatoes
Dry yeast
100ml (1/2 cup)
All purpose flour
250g (2 cups)
cooking oil
15ml (1 tbsp)
Green onion
Frying oil

How to Make Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Pour the boiled potatoes into the colander over the bowl and smash them with the spoon.

Add the dry yeast and milk and mix with a spatula. Add the flour and cooking oil and continue mixing.

When the dough starts to form knead it with your hands until is smooth. Cover with cling film and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it doubles in volume.

After 1 hour knead dough to punch out the gas.

Add the green onions and salt and knead to combine well.

Oil the hands and take the mixture with one hand to form a small ball.

Transfer to the pan with hot oil.

Fry until they are golden brown.

Enjoy while still warm!

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