Mozzarella-stuffed Deep Fried Mashed Potato Balls
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Mozzarella stuffed deep fried mashed potato balls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 10 balls
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (see recipe) I added chopped parsley to mine) which must be rather stiff for shaping
  • 10 pieces 1/2-inch cubes of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for deep frying

Instructions

  • Start heating the vegetable oil in a wok.
  • Set aside a teaspoonful of mashed potato.
  • Take a heaping teaspoonful of mashed potato and form into a ball.
  • Using your thumb, make a deep indentation at the center then push in a mozzarella cube.
  • Lightly push the mashed potato upward to cover the cheese.
  • Repeat until you have 10 mozzarella stuffed balls.
  • Roll the mashed potato balls in panko lightly patting to make the bread crumbs stick.
  • Take the reserved mashed potato, form into a ball and drop in the hot oil. If it browns too fast, turn down the heat and wait a few minutes for the temperature to drop a bit.
  • If the ball sinks and stays there, the oil is not hot enough. Turn up the heat and wait a minute or two for the temperature to rise.
  • Drop the mozzarella stuffed mashed potato balls one by one into the hot oil. It should take less than a minute for the bread crumbs to turn crisp and golden brown, and for the mozzarella to melt inside the mashed potato.
  • Scoop out the fried mashed potato balls, let any excess oil drip then serve the mozzarella balls at once.
  • Mozzarella-stuffed Deep Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Notes

The frying is only meant to melt the cheese and make the bread coating crisp. There is really nothing to “cook” because all the ingredients are already ready to eat. So, don’t fry the balls for too long. Don’t think that it is safer to cook longer at a low temperature rather than risk burning the bread crumbs with a too high temperature. That’s why it is important to test the oil first before dropping in the cheese stuffed balls. The quick frying is essential so that the mashed potato’s texture stays light and fluffy. If fried for too long, the potato will soak up too much oil. Worse, the mozzarella might start oozing out of the mashed potato.