Food & Drink

How to Make Fried Mashed Potato & Bacon Balls

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Recipe by Will Artley, former executive chef of Pizzeria Orso

Here's what you need:

  • 5 pre-mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups aged cheddar cheese 
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped fresh chives
  • Flour
  • Egg wash
  • Panko
  • 1 cup diced/cooked bacon (be sure to save the fat)
mashed potatoes
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Throw everything (except the flour, egg wash, and panko) together into a bowl, and mash it up like Skrillex. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

mashed potatoes
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Stop for a second to appreciate all the people that love you. Or will, once you serve them this dish.

mashed potato balls
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Grab an ice cream scooper and begin plopping balls of the mixture into the flour.

mashed potato balls in flour
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Oh yeah, roll those things real nice 'n good in that flour.

mashed potato balls in egg
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Roll them in the egg wash. You're breading these things, if that wasn't clear yet.

panko breadcrumbs
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Panko the damn things.

frying mashed potato balls
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Put some oil on high heat for about 10 minutes (350 degrees, if you've got a frying thermometer). Then throw those puppies in and let 'em sizzle until they're golden brown. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

frying mashed potato balls
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Rotate your balls every so often. Doctor's orders.

mashed potato and bacon balls
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The sauce is super simple -- just combine sour cream and any remaining cheese in a heated pan with oil. Garnish them balls with scallions and serve them to the guys for the game.