We were just sitting at home this Labor Day weekend enjoying the fact that neither the CEO or myself had to go into work on Monday. It was the perfect weekend, except the teenagers were going to be there too. Oh well, you can’t win them all. Anyways we get a text from some good friends of ours that wanted to know if we wanted to swing by for a barbecue. We said sure and the CEO said we would bring a side. No problem at all, until I realized I had no clue what to make and I knew there was no way I was going back to the grocery store. I mean I barely made it out alive a few hours ago.
Staring blankly into the pantry like a deer in headlights nothing was coming to mind. I walked out of the pantry and there right in front of me I saw them… beautiful Idaho potatoes. I could make potato salad or roasted potatoes or twice baked potatoes or… wait a minute. Fried mashed potato bites. Yes, fried mashed potato bites. But did I have everything I needed?
To make these fried mashed potato balls, you need to have leftover mashed potatoes. If your house is anything like ours that’s like finding Sasquatch outside holding beef jerky offering to share some with you. I had to make some mashed potatoes quick and then cool them off. Just peel the potatoes and boiled them until soft and tender. Drain the water and added butter, cream and S&P and mashed them until they were just right. I threw them into the refrigerator to cool off for a few hours.
I begin my search praying that everything I needed was present. No way am I heading back to the store after this morning. Butter, check. Cheese and cream, check and check. I was almost there, I could feel the sweat dripping down my forehead, did I have breadcrumbs? Slowly walking back into the pantry. I mean I could always make breadcrumbs but time was not on my side. I searched up and down and no breadcrumbs were to be found (wow, maybe I should be a poet). Just beside the beans and rice and there they were incredible, life saving bread crumbs. I was never so happy to see bread crumbs before.
Let mashed potatoes sit a room temperature for about 30 minutes. Mix in mozzarella and minced jalapeno and shape into 1 inch balls
Heat oil in skillet to 375 degrees
Take each potato ball and mix in beaten eggs and then roll into bread crumbs
Place mashed potato balls into skillet and fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain. Continue with remaining mashed potato balls.
This recipe is so easy to make. I ended up getting about 20 mashed potato balls and I am sad to say they did not last very long. These were long gone before the tri-tip was even finished. And that tri-tip was amazing. Great job as always Greg. Thanks for stopping by Life44… Live, Laugh, Love & Learn
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