Posted by on Oct 19, 2019 in Appetizers | 23 comments

Betty’s Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Betty’s Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Betty demonstrates how to make Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls. This is a great accompaniment to any dish you would serve with potatoes.

Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls

2 cups cold mashed potatoes (You may use leftover mashed potatoes, or you can make and chill a package of instant mashed potatoes–any flavor; it will make about 2 cups.)
2 well-beaten eggs (I started with one egg in the video, but had to add another to use the whole amount of mashed potatoes.)
freshly-ground sea salt, to taste (You may use regular table salt.)
seasoned pepper, to taste (You may use regular ground black pepper or freshly-ground peppercorns.)
½ cup cornstarch
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs (I used the plain variety, but you may use a flavored type, if you like.)
peanut oil for deep-frying
a sprig of parsley for garnish

Grind sea salt into beaten eggs, to taste. Sprinkle beaten eggs with seasoned pepper, and set aside. Place ½ cup cornstarch in a shallow dish; also place 1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Begin making your Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls by first forming a coating the balls: Take enough of the cold mashed potatoes into your hands to roll it into a 1-inch ball. Dip the ball into the egg mixture, then into the cornstarch, then back into the egg mixture, and finally into the breadcrumbs, tossing it gently to get it completely coated. Once it is completely coated, place it on a waiting plate, and repeat the process with the remaining cold mashed potatoes. You will get about 15 balls (or more if you make them a bit smaller than mine). When the balls are formed and coated, place them in the refrigerator or freezer to get them very cold, but not frozen. When ready to deep-fry the balls, put a little more than an inch of peanut oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Let the oil get to about 350 degree (F). Place a ball on a slotted spoon and ease it into the hot oil. It should sizzle. You will be able to tend about 5 or 6 balls at a time. These do not need to be turned or moved, but they should be watched for brownness. When they are nice and brown, remove them from the hot oil with a slotted spoon, and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat this process until all coated potato balls have been deep-fried. Transfer the drained mashed potato balls to a nice serving plate, and garnish with a sprig of parsley. Serve immediately, because they are best when hot! I hope you enjoy this recipe! It is easy and fun, and it is a procedure that I came up with that I wanted to share with you! Love, Betty ♥

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23 Responses to “Betty’s Deep-Fried Mashed Potato Balls”

  1. Smiley Me says:

    i like your accent and the recipe is simple but goooood

  2. Kelly Hernandez says:

    great video just finished making them and my whole family is eating and
    saying how much they love them thanks you so muchhhhh love you Betty !!

    • Betty's Kitchen says:

      Fantastic! I’m thrilled that you made them and that your whole family loved
      them! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  3. DaGingerHeadMan says:

    Balls, I love it, and I’m a child. lol.

  4. livingsoul1234567 says:

    is that the southern accent?

  5. WannaBite says:

    an intriguing recipe.thanks for the share.

  6. Jacob Ferreira says:

    7:15 says kill me now

  7. Kevin Grady says:

    Thanks, I’ll have to try this recipe. Well done.

  8. Janice Riley-Sabanne (WhatDidYouCookToday) says:

    *After the coating of the balls* Take me now lord…Nice accent:)

  9. Stephane Ouellette says:

    They look yummy thank you Betty for the recipe.

  10. csupsupsup says:

    i love you

  11. Terrianna Cappuccio says:

    My brother loves balls lol

  12. Andrea Tummons says:

    I just made these and they were so good. Thank you for this tutorial!!

  13. 70CadillacMan says:

    Betty,
    Try wrapping the potato around meat or cheese. And maybe frying in bacon
    fat for added flavor. Just a thought.

  14. aux1z11 says:

    Who the hell would thumbs down these fried tater balls , I’m starving and
    going to make some of these today and try them out, Thanks for the vid.

  15. el jey says:

    Whats the song in the intro

  16. Carol Napolitano says:

    Hi Betty, I love you little vest with those silver studs. That color looks
    great on you. These are so cute. My dad would make potato croquettes all
    the time while I was growing up, These bring back good memories.

  17. Quan Tran says:

    great job betty

  18. bjbusick says:

    Thank you for sharing this :)

  19. Izzaboutchu! says:

    What a great reminder! I had an Italian neighbor who used to make these
    only in a log shape because she would cut pepperoni and cheese into thing
    sticks, wrap the potatoes around it and then do the rest as you show here.
    So it is a twist on this recipe. Might not be as healthy…but great for
    parties!