Cheesy-Peasy Roasted Garlic & Potato Balls


"Most Aussome Recipe Contest" Winner
Lidia H.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Russet or Idaho potatoes, about 1-inch diced
1 head garlic, peeled and separated
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black ground pepper
1 cup shredded Old Croc Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp finely sliced green onions, divided
12 squares diced (about ½-inch) Old Croc Extra sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, whisked
1 cup Japanese-style (panko) bread crumbs
Peanut oil for frying
1/4 cup ranch dressing

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

On a baking sheet, combine potatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper; bake for 30 minutes or till fork tender; mash potatoes and garlic with a fork; cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, press mashed potatoes, garlic, Old Croc Cheese and 1 Tbsp green onions with a wooden spoon till smooth; (You may add more salt and pepper if desired.); form mixture into 12 - 2 inch balls; set aside.

Press hole into potato ball and stuff each with a cheese diced square; repeat process till all balls are filled with cheese.

Roll potato balls in flour, dip in egg, then coat with bread crumbs; repeat till all potato balls are breaded.

Fry potato balls in hot oil (350 degrees F) till golden; drizzle with ranch dressing and sprinkle with green onions and serve! Enjoy!