Potato Cheese Balls

Crispy and Cheesy Deep Fried Potato Balls
Crispy and Cheesy Deep Fried Potato Balls
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3 (1 pound) Red potatoes large, raw and peeled
3.5 oz Mozzarella cut in ½-inch cubes
½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
For the Breading:
3 Eggs
½ cup All-purpose flour
2 cups Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Ground paprika

Nutritional information

  • For the Breading:

Potato Cheese Balls


Do I really need to describe these Potato Cheese Balls? Because I don’t even know where to begin. Breaded and crispy mashed potato balls with Parmesan cheese in the mixture and perfect mozzarella cubes in the center that melt and ooze with each bite. Everything you need for the best, cheesiest potato dish and when I start with one, I just can’t stop! 

To make Potato Cheese Balls, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Potato Cheese Balls

Steps to make Potato Cheese Balls


Prepare potatoes

Soak 3 large and peeled potatoes in a bowl of cold water to remove starch then chop into big chunks.


Boil potatoes


In a large pot of salted water, boil the potato chunks until softened.


Prepare mozzarella


Drain 3.5 ounces of ½-inch mozzarella cubes on a paper towel.


Prepare breading


In 3 separate bowls, prepare the egg by whisking 3 eggs together in 1 bowl. Then, another bowl with ½ cup of flour and a third bowl with 2 cups of breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of paprika and some salt and pepper combined.


Mash potatoes


Drain the boiled potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl. Use a potato ricer or masher and mash the potatoes.


Add Parmesan


Add ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper then mash to combine well.


Prepare potato balls


Use a tablespoon of the mixture to prepare about 25 potato and cheese balls about ½ ounce in weight.


Add mozzarella


Gently make a small hole in the center of each ball and place a mozzarella cube inside each one.


Bread balls


To bread the balls, dip each one into the flour bowl, then the beaten eggs and the breadcrumb mix to generously coat. Then dip once again into beaten eggs and finally into breadcrumbs mix. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment paper.




Refrigerate for a few minutes until the oil is hot.


Heat oil


In a large pot over medium heat, heat vegetable oil until it reaches 350 °F.


Deep fry balls


Working in batches, deep fry the potato balls for about 4 minutes until golden brown, taking care not to over fry and the mozzarella cheese doesn’t ooze out. Drain on paper towels.



Season with salt and pepper and serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Total Reviews: 21
Aiyanna Nau

Amazing, love me some cheeseballs on a game night!

Anneliese Feigelson

Didn't need 3 eggs ended up only needing 2 and was fine.

Coraline Allrich

Too much potatos i had so much extra!! But totally fine if you have a huge family or something though in my case I got potatoes for the next two days lol.

Audra Messier

Not my personal favorite because it's just cheese and bread together with barely any spices but it's not bad if you need something fast and easy.

Emiliana Borroel

Nothing more than mozzarella sticks but as balls.

Cara Plescia

Very bland and not much flavor plus kinda dry too.

Britney Foy

Fast, fun and no mess to make, finger food is the best kinda food when you're having a party and these were a huge crowd pleaser for my guest :)

Clover Housley

Okay mine exploded whats up with that?

Zoya Emore

Took me basically no time at all to make these tasty bad boys super happy!

Lindsay Caracoza

Made my own bread crumbs and everything this was really tasty and simple to make, i just dried up some rohlik bread, shaved it and wallah for anyone curious about how i made the bread crumbs.

Aarya Najafi

Cool idea going to try putting some small shredded pieces of meat on the inside too.

Estelle Derra

Dipped it in some sourcream on the side delicious !!!

Agnes Tappa

These were great, slightly hard to make because the cheese didn't want to stay in some of them and they exploded, but were tasty nonetheless.

Livia Ambrosio

Actually burned myself a bit cause the popping oil lol yummy cheesy balls tho.

Galilea Slavish

Kids love this for lunch reminds them of mozzarella sticks but easier to make.

Audree Savich

Red pepper kinda made this spicer than expected but it was good.

Saniya Belluomini

Loved every bite of these mini cheese balls.

Susanna Kulach

Potato cheese balls = my new top 5 meal besides the stuffed broccoli chicken.

Evalyn Ferge

Easily burned if you don't watch the time! Be warned.

Araya Kacprowicz

Mozzarella is actually extremely expensive where I live so I won't be able to make this often but its worth it at least once or twice a month for sure.


who doesn't like cheese?! I love it!

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