Potato Puppies

Potato Puppies

Class Recipes

Servings: 4 Servings (about 20 fritters)

Recipe courtesy of Gesine Bullock-Prado

Ingredients

  • • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes (see Cook's Note)
  • • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • • 1/4 cup water
  • • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • • Salt and pepper
  • • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • • 2 eggs
  • • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

1. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium heat until the oil registers 340 to 350 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer.

2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, water, butter and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, allowing the butter to melt completely. Add the cayenne to the flour and, all at once, pour the mixture into the saucepan. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the "paste" pulls away from the pan, about 2 minutes. Continue stirring for another 2 minutes to allow the moisture to evaporate.

3. Off the heat, add the mashed potatoes to the saucepan. Return to the heat and stir for another minute. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

4. Remove from the heat and continue stirring. Whisk the eggs together and, while stirring, add the eggs to the mashed potato mixture. Continue stirring until a smooth paste is formed. Stir in the Parmesan and season with pepper.

5. Transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip. In batches, pipe inch-long dollops of the choux paste into the hot oil, using a knife or the side of the pan to cut the paste. Fry until the fritters are deep golden brown all over, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and turn out onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Notes

Special equipment needed: deep-frying thermometer, a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip.

Cook's note: If you don't have leftover mashed potatoes, substitute 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cooked to fork-tender.

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