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Potato Cheese Balls: Crispy on the Outside and Cheesy on the Inside!

Are you looking for a snack to wow your guests at your next get-together? Or are you searching for a unique and mouth-watering appetizer for your next family meal? Look no further. Potato Cheese Balls are your answer. Think of them as the ultimate comfort food. Imagine a potato-y package of gooey, melty cheese enveloped by a perfectly crispy crust. It’s an explosion of flavors and textures with every bite.

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What Are Potato Cheese Balls?

Potato Cheese Balls, or cheese-stuffed potato croquettes, are versatile and delicious snack that will surely be a hit for kids and adults. This deep-fried delight combines the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes with the meltability of cheese, coated with a crispy layer of Panko breadcrumbs.

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The Origin of Potato Cheese Balls

Interestingly, these cheesy treats are a variation of the French croquette. However, they’ve become a popular snack worldwide, featuring prominently in Korean Mukbang videos. Despite French origin, these cylindrical snacks are surprisingly simple to make at home and have taken on a life of their own in different cultures.

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Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Potato Cheese Balls

  1. Potato selection: The best potatoes are Yukon Golds, which provide a rich, dense texture that holds up well to boiling and mashing.
  2. Cheese selection: Mozzarella is preferred because of its superior meltability and creamy flavor.
  3. Temperature control: Ensure the oil temperature is consistent when frying the balls for even cooking.
  4. Alternative Cooking Methods: While deep frying gives the crispiest crust, you can also bake or air fry these balls for a healthier alternative.
  5. Add-Ins: Feel free to customize your potato balls by adding garlic powder, onion powder, or even bacon to the mashed potatoes.
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Whether you’re a fan of French croquettes or Korean food or love a good cheesy snack, these Potato Cheese Balls will surely please. They’re the perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion. So, why give it a try? Get your potatoes boiling, your cheese melting, and your deep fryer ready. It


Potato Cheese Balls

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Course: Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: French, KoreanDifficulty: Easy


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Potato Cheese Balls are delicious, portable snacks, perfect for any party. They are essentially mashed potato croquettes stuffed with cheese, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried to golden perfection.

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  • 500 grams 500 grams Potato (peeled and cut into small cubes)

  • 2 pcs 2 pcs Hotdogs

  • 1/4 cup 31.25 g Flour

  • 1/4 cup 32 g Cornstarch

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • A pinch of Spanish Paprika

  • Water for boiling

  • 165 grams 165 grams Cheese (cut into small cubes)

  • 1 cup 60 g Panko Breadcrumbs

  • 1 pc 1 pc Egg

  • Cooking Oil


  • Prepare the Potatoes: Boil the peeled and cubed potatoes in a pot of water until they are soft. This process should take about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your potato cubes.
  • Cook the Hotdogs: While the potatoes are boiling, cook them for 2 minutes, remove them from the pot, and set aside.
  • Mash the Potatoes: Drain the boiled potatoes and transfer them to a bowl. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy.
  • Mix in the Ingredients: Add the flour, cornstarch, cooked hotdogs, salt, pepper, and Spanish paprika to the mashed potatoes. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Form the Balls: Take a small amount of the potato mixture and flatten it in your hand. Place a cube of cheese in the middle, then enclose the cheese with the potato mixture, forming a ball. Make sure the potato mixture completely covers the cheese.
  • Coat the Balls: In a small bowl, beat the egg. In another bowl, place the Panko breadcrumbs. Dip each potato ball into the beaten egg, then roll it in the breadcrumbs, making sure it’s fully covered.
  • Deep Fry the Balls: Heat the cooking oil in a deep fryer or a deep pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully drop in the potato balls, a few at a time, and deep fry until golden brown. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain and Serve: Once the balls are golden brown, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all balls are fried. Serve your cheesy potato balls hot and enjoy their melty, crispy goodness!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I store leftover Potato Cheese Balls?

    Yes, leftover potato balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheated in the oven.

  • Can I use another type of cheese?

    Yes, you can use other cheeses, but we recommend a cheese that melts well, like Cheddar or Colby Jack.

  • Can I use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes?

    Sweet potatoes can be a delicious alternative, giving the savory potato cheese balls a sweet twist.

  • Can I make these Potato Cheese Balls ahead of time?

    Yes, you can prepare the mashed potato mixture and form the balls in advance. Store them in the fridge and fry them just before serving.

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