Fried Potato Balls

I make these potato balls when I have leftover mashed potato and serve them as a light lunch with a salad. They are however so good it is worth making some mash especially to make them! Add a dipping sauce and you have yourself a canapé as well!

750ml mashed potato (If you are making the mashed potato from scratch, remember to season!)

250ml grated cheddar cheese

250g diced bacon

125ml chives, finely chopped

2 eggs

250ml breadcrumbs

vegetable oil for frying

Cook the diced bacon until crispy and chop into smaller pieces.

Add the mashed potato, grated cheese, bacon and chives to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into your hands and press together into a ball, slightly smaller than a ping-pong ball. Keep going until there is no potato mixture left.

Break the eggs into a shallow bowl and beat lightly with a fork.

Measure the breadcrumbs and add to another shallow bowl.

Heat about 5cm deep vegetable oil in a heavy based saucepan.

Now dredge the balls in the egg and then cover them with crumbs.

Fry in batches until golden – about 2-3 minutes.

Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm.

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