Potato Balls, they sure do look good, and they are especially with Mr.CBB’s Famous Sloppy Joe’s and the cooler temperatures around the corner. This is what we had for dinner last night and it was worth all the effort. I think in Canada they would be comparable to tater tots. I’ll admit when I had no idea what someone was going on about. I thought they were talking rubbish and trying once again to get a laugh out at my expense. I’m used to it though but I think I can show them up one with me mums Potato Balls.
One of my Facebook fans asked how I learned to cook and it’s simple, I watched my parents. My mum and dad were always in the kitchen together whipping something special up in our house. These potato balls were something me mum made with a fish fry and homemade coleslaw. After a while you kind of bored of the same chips with your fish so this was just as nice if not better.
I’ve also travelled to many places around the world and make it a point to hang out where the locals eat. This is the best way to learn about culture and what foods the people of the country eat. I sort of stick myself plunk right in the middle of it all. I like to learn, so I ask questions. I try to buy cook books from the countries that I’ve visited but Julia Child has always been a favourite of mine. I also like Nigella Lawson who is so passionate about food that you can see it in her eyes. I’m certainly no Jaime Oliver or Gordon Ramsay but I can get on with it in the kitchen and make a meal that puts a smile the lovely Mrs. CBB’s face.
So.. let’s get on with my making the potato balls!
So I ran into an itsy bitty snag yesterday when making these balls. You see me mum would simply roll them in bread crumbs and then deep fry them. Well, I was all out of bread crumbs and had no day old bread to process. I went scouring through the cupboards for ideas when it hit me. I’m staring at a box of instant garlic potato flakes which we use for our potato donuts recipe. I wondered if I could coat my potato balls with this and then deep fry them. Sure enough, they were divine. The outside texture is crispy and full of a salty, garlic flavour. When you bite into the middle the potatoes are soft and melt in your mouth.
We used sour cream and ketchup as a dip although you could get creative with various dips for these potato balls. You could also serve them along side a salad such as Mr.CBB’s Summer Fresh Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil, Chick Peas and Fennel. for a budget friendly easy meal.
So you can either roll them in bread crumbs, fry them as they are, or now roll them in instant potato flakes. I would never have guessed but you never know until you try. I like to improvise and this time it worked out to my advantage. You can also deep fry these balls and freeze them. When you take them out of the freezer simply put them on a baking sheet and bake them until they are crispy again. I haven’t tried to freeze the balls before they are cooked but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
To the Men: If you want to learn to cook, you have to get in there and do it. Be done with the old-fashioned “women must cook” in the kitchen theory and get on with it. Show the women what you can do in the kitchen, they appreciate it just like we appreciate it when we do it. My wife finds it sexy when she sees a man cooking in the kitchen so hey, if that’s all it takes, ha!
You can try all sorts of recipes and like us once a week we have a splurge night so we make a meal that we won’t eat often but is nice once in a while like my garlic, onion potato balls. Deep frying is one of those things that you want to do sparingly or infrequently as it’s not the best but it’s a nice treat once in a while.
To the Ladies: Inspire your men to learn something in the kitchen even if they run off on their own. Show them how to do what you do and maybe they might want to stick around. If you really want to show the men up, ask them how to change a tire, or change the oil in the car. We find that sexy, at least I do!
So here you go, enjoy and a big thanks to me mum for leading me in this direction with these potato balls.
Mr.CBB’s Garlic Onion Potato Balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes (potatoes), 2 minutes to deep fry the balls or as they brown.
- Large mixing bowl
- Large pot to boil potatoes
- Med heavy pot for deep-frying or a deep fryer
- Deep Fat Frying Thermometer
- Tongs or Chinese Copper Wire Strainer
- Potato ricer or masher
- Serving dish lined with paper towel
- Baking tray lined with paper towel
- 10 med sized potatoes
- onion powder or flakes
- vegetable oil for deep-frying or coconut oil which is a better option 2 1/2 inches
- 1 pkg of garlic instant potato flakes to coat balls
Let’s make the Garlic, Onion Potato Balls!
- Peel your potatoes and cut them into small uniform chunks
- Boil your potatoes in salted water until they are fork tender. (Tip-Do not over cook or your balls will shatter in the oil when you deep fry them)
- Strain your potatoes and put them in a mixing bowl
- You can either rice your potatoes in a ricer or mash them with a fork or a potato masher. I like to leave some chunks for texture
- Add in 1 tablespoon of onion powder or flakes
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt
- Add 1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
- Mix it all together and taste for flavour. If you need to add more spices than do so now.
- While the potatoes are warm roll them into a ball one by one.
- In a bowl empty the potato flakes and roll the potato balls to cover. It’s easier if they are warm as they hold moisture on the outside and it helps the flakes to stick. If you wait too long they won’t stick.
- Set the balls on a platter then refrigerate for 20 minutes
- Heat your oil to deep fry between 350-375 degrees using a deep fat frying thermometer.
- Drop 6 balls max into the oil slowly so they don’t splat.
- Cook until golden brown
- Use the tongs or Chinese copper wire strainer to take the potato balls out and set them on the plate lined with paper towel to drain the oil. Salt the balls immediately after you set them on the paper towel.
- Take these balls and put them on a paper towel lined baking sheet and put them in a heated oven at 200 to keep crispy and warm while the others are cooking.
- Serve with your favourite dipping sauce.
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