Starchy Crispy Potato Balls Recipe

These starchy crispy potato balls are a delightful and versatile snack, perfect for parties, appetizers, or a savory treat any time of day. They’re crispy on the outside and soft and starchy on the inside, making them an irresistible bite-sized pleasure.


  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your choice)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (panko or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Oil for frying (vegetable or canola)


  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks.
  • Boil the potato chunks in salted water until they are tender and easily pierced with a fork (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.
  1. Mash the Potatoes:
  • Transfer the cooled potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
  • Mash the potatoes until smooth and lump-free.
  1. Mix in Other Ingredients:
  • Add the grated cheese, chopped green onions, minced garlic, and crumbled bacon (if using) to the mashed potatoes.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Season with salt, black pepper, and paprika. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  1. Shape the Potato Balls:
  • Take a small portion of the potato mixture and roll it into a ball (about the size of a golf ball).
  • Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
  1. Coat the Potato Balls:
  • Place the flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls.
  • Roll each potato ball in the flour, then dip it in the beaten eggs, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs.
  • Ensure each ball is fully coated for maximum crispiness.
  1. Fry the Potato Balls:
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan or pot to 350°F (175°C).
  • Carefully add the coated potato balls to the hot oil in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per batch.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried potato balls and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the crispy potato balls hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, or aioli.

Enjoy these delicious starchy crispy potato balls as a snack or appetizer, and watch them disappear in no time!

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