Cheesy Peasy Roasted Garlic & Potato Balls

 

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

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Press hole into potato ball and stuff each with a cheese diced square; repeat process till all balls are filled with cheese.
  5. Roll potato balls in flour, dip in egg, then coat with bread crumbs; repeat till all potato balls are breaded.
  6. Fry potato balls in hot oil (350 degrees F) till golden; drizzle with ranch dressing and sprinkle with green onions and serve! Enjoy!