Potato balls: a delicious snack that everyone will love!

Total time: 35 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

Looking for a delicious and easy appetizer or side dish? Look no further than these mouthwatering potato balls. To make Potato Balls, you’ll need mashed potatoes, diced onion, fresh chives and parsley, and gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Simply mix together the ingredients, then fry the balls until golden and crispy. Each bite is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and packed with flavor. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes you may have. Get ready to impress your guests with this delightful and versatile dish that is sure to become a favorite at any gathering.

Potato Ball Ingredients

Potatoes – you will need three potatoes for the mashed potato mixture, or 1  ½ cups leftover mashed potato

Onion – use a yellow onion, brown onion, or red onion; make sure to dice the onion finely to prevent large chunks of onion

Herbs – chives and parsley are both used, feel free to sub with other herbs

Seasoning – salt and pepper

Cornstarch – this thickens the batter to make sure it’s thick enough to form into balls

Cheese – mozzarella cubes are placed in the center, once the potato balls are fried, it becomes melty and gooey.

Potato Ball Variations

This recipe works great with a variety of add-ins. Here are a few tasty ideas to get you started:

  • Crispy fried bacon pieces
  • Chopped red bell pepper
  • Crumbled feta
  • Chopped ham or salami
  • Sundried tomato pieces
  • Mozzarella can be substituted with cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, or Gruyere.
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Add cream cheese to the mashed potatoes for extra creaminess and flavor.

You can add as many add-ins as you like, as long as the potato mixture is moist enough to form into balls without falling apart.



Use any neutral oil suitable for frying at higher temperatures (canola, peanut, sunflower, corn oil).

Use a thermometer to heat the oil to about 350°F. If the oil is too cold, the potato balls might fall apart before they become crispy.

To make perfect, equally-sized potato balls, you can use a large ice cream scoop to portion the mixture.

How to Store Potato Balls

If using fresh mashed potatoes, the potato balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or Airfryer if you want them crispy again.

Can I Make Potato Balls in the Airfryer?

Yes, you can! Simply place the formed potato balls in the Airfryer basket, spray with oil, and cook for 20 minutes at 400°F/200°C.

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

The potato balls can be mixed and formed ahead of time. Keep in an airtight container, in the fridge. Fry the balls just before serving.

What To Serve With Potato Balls

Serve the fried potato balls as an appetizer along with your favorite dipping sauce.

You can also serve it as a side to meatloaf, or roast chicken. Just add a green salad and you have a complete meal!

If you’re making these out of leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, why not serve the potato balls with cranberry sauce or gravy?

3 medium potatoes
1 finely diced onion
Chopped chives
Chopped Parsley
Black pepper and salt to taste
3 tbsp
mozzarella cubes
2 oz


Peel and cut the potatoes and add to a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then continue to cook until the potatoes are soft.

Transfer the cooked potatoes to a large mixing bowl and mash.

Add the chopped onion, chives, parsley, cornstarch, pepper, and salt.

Mix to form a soft dough.

Rub your hands with a bit of oil, then take a portion of the potato mixture and form a patty.

Add a cube of mozzarella, and close the patty around it, forming it around.

Continue with the rest of the potato mixture.

Fry the potato balls until golden brown and crispy.


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