Fried Mashed Potato Balls

This recipe turns leftover mashed potatoes into a fun appetizer! Serve with sour cream for dipping.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1⁄2 cup plus 3 Tbsp. milk, divided
  • 1⁄4 tsp. paprika
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 cups vegetable oil


  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cook in boiling salted water until they are tender and pierce easily with a fork.
  • Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the butter, 3 tablespoons milk, paprika, and remaining salt. Use a potato masher or fork to mash the potatoes until they are fluffy. Roll into balls. Place on a tray lined with wax paper and freeze overnight.
  • To prepare the batter, mix together the flour, garlic powder, pepper, and remaining salt. Stir in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Slowly add 1⁄2 cup milk, stirring constantly, until it forms a runny batter.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot set over medium-high heat, making sure it is not more than half full. Roll the mashed potato balls in the batter and drop into the hot oil. Cook for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until they turn a deep golden brown and are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.