Monday, August 24, 2009

Fried Mashed Potatoes

These addicting little bites of heaven make a fabulous appetizer or even a decadent side dish. It's also a fun way to use up those leftover mashed potatoes. They are very reminicent of a traditional potato croquette.

One of my favorite things about getting a new recipe is taking it, twisting it and making it my own. I encourage you to take this basic recipe and make it your own by adding and substituting ingredients that fit your tastes. Below I've listed a few ideas for interesting additions/substitutions to get you started (you don't have to fry your mashed potatoes to try these additions either, they all work great with regular mashed or baked potatoes as well).

Crumbled Bacon
Bleu Cheese
Minced garlic
Roasted Red Peppers
Feta Cheese and Black Olives
Broccoli with cheddar
Diced Jalapeno Peppers and Monterrey Jack
Curry Powder (omit any cheese)
Hot Sauce
Chives and Cream Cheese
Sour Cream
Creamy Horseradish
Pesto
Salsa

Leave a comment and let me know if you have any other quirky, fun or just plain yummy additions for mashed potatoes!




FRIED MASHED POTATOES

2 cups prepared mashed potatoes (leftovers work great)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Velveeta cheese
2 cups cracker crumbs
Vegetable Oil for frying

Stir mashed potatoes, eggs, flour and cheese together. Roll mixture into balls. Take the balls and roll in cracker crumbs. Deep fry in 375 degree vegetable oil for 3-5 minutes or until all sides are golden brown.

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