Potato Balls, or Kartoffelbällchen: I remember trying something similar when I visited Germany. A true German side dish. These were a tasty take on potatoes. I imagine they would have been even tastier had I followed the recipe and really cooked them in a lot of fat… But, the modern health conscious ways & logic stopped me. But they were still amazing!
Assuming your mashed potatoes are not too soft and creamy, this would also make a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes!
Here is Grandma’s german recipe card:
And here is the recipe!
Potato Balls / Potato Dumplings
- 2 lbs potatoes (5-6 medium)
- Salt, Water
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon Flour
- Pinch of Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
- Peel the potatoes and boil in salted water until tender. Mash the potatoes.
- Beat egg, pepper, nutmeg & flour in small bowl.
- Form balls from potatoes, approx 1.5 – 2″.
- Place egg mixture on a small plate, Place breadcrumbs on a 2nd plate.
- Roll the cooled potato ball in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs.
- Gently press the balls to flatten slightly.
- Fry in fat until golden; Approximately 5-7 minutes. (A Tbsp of oil is sufficient and healthy, but more tastes better)
TIP: Flattening the balls is not necessary, but allows for less fat/oil to be used in your pan.
Add chopped onions to your mashed potatoes for additional flavour. Grandma used to do this and I will try it next time!