Do you have leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving and don't want to keep eating them the same old way? I have the perfect recipe for you. My grandmother made these for her family when she had leftover mashed potatoes. This is the first time that I have made them and I can tell you I will be making extra potatoes just so I can make these again. The puffs are almost like hush puppies because the potatoes take on a bread like quality. They are awesome and would be a perfect replacement for french fries or tater tots. They are good plain, but I jazzed mine up with some powdered ranch dressing mix, cheese and bacon crumbles. The girls dipped theirs in ranch dressing, but I think they would be good with honey.
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp powdered ranch dressing mix, optional
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon, optional
1/4 cup finely shredded cheese, optional
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Heat about a 1" of oil in a skillet. Drop mixture by heaping teaspoonfuls, four or five at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 2 or 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. They brown quickly so watch carefully. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
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