Potato Puffs


Potato Puffs

Potato Puffs
24 large or 72 small
1 Hr 5 Min

Win over party guests or even your family with these homemade, melt-in-your-mouth Potato Puffs. The warm, golden crust contrasts with the creamy potato filling to ensure that you'll never want store-bought again!

What You'll Need

  • 3 pounds Idaho Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in a soup pot and add just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium and cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain off water, mash the potatoes, and allow to cool.
  3. In a small saucepan, saute onion in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add sauteed onion, the cracker crumbs, salt, and pepper to mashed potatoes; mash mixture.
  4. With your hands, roll mixture into balls and place potato balls on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk and bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden and crusty.


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These are a simple and tasty appetizer. Do you have any suggestions on what dip or type of toppings would compliment this little ball of flavor?

The options are endless! You can try a Ranch flavored dip, mustard, or even a bacon cheddar cheese dip! Choose your favorite and enjoy!

enjoyed them. Next time I'll try the bread crumbs instead.

I've been making a similar puff for years - variation......to the seasoned mashed potatoes (butter, salt pepper) add parmesan cheese and parsley, after forming the puffs dip in buttered Italian bread crumbs and bake.

That is how we also make it -- they get nice and crispy on the outside. We use some sour cream to help get a good mash on the potatoes.

I've made them today for the first time. Added a dash of milk while mashing the potatoes and replaced crackers with bread crumbs. Everybody enjoyed them. Next time I'll try adding bacon. Great recipe, thank you.

How large is that ball that you are rolling with your hands, golf ball size ,smaller or larger

Hello! The size of the ball depends on how many you'd like to make. If you're making this as an appetizer (72 servings), then each ball should be about 1-inch. Enjoy!

I am wondering if the whites from the eggs were put in the potatoes they might puff more and have a better consistency.

Hi Debbie! We haven't tested putting the egg whites in, so we're not sure whether this would make them puff more. However, we don't think it would hurt the recipe. We've made the recipe as-is and have had no problem with the consistency or puff, so we're not sure what may have gone wrong for you. Please let us know if you try these again and how they turn out!

The egg whites are brushed on the outside.

What is the size of the puffs illustrated in the picture, are those they for the smaller one-72 servings? If I am going to prepare them the day before serving,should I freeze them or just refrigerate overnight?

Hi there! The puffs in the photo are the smaller kind (72 servings), and should only be refrigerated overnight.

Add a pound of cooked ground venison sausage, delicious!

how many cups of mashed potatoes does 3 lbs make?

How many cups of mashed potatoes 3lbs of potatoes will produce may vary. We do not recommend substituting store-bought mashed potatoes for fresh potatoes. Store bought potatoes contain milk and butter, which will cause your Potato Puffs to be loose.

I wanted to make these but didn't have potatoes only instant. Can they be made w/ instant potatoes? If so what serving size?

The Test Kitchen has not tried with instant potatoes so we're not sure it will work due to the different consistency of the potatoes.

Looks good, Sounds good now if i can get my wife to make it yummie for my tummy just bad for my Dibeties.

I oh sooooo love the potato puffs they taste awesome...Thanks so very much for this recipe MR Foods.

How many is 3 pounds?

On the chance that you are not kidding with this question, it would depend on the size of the potatoes. You would, of course, have to weigh them out until you reached the 3 lb. mark.

How many is 3 pounds?

Are you serious?? It depends on the size of the potato. It will take more small potatoes to make 3 lbs. than large potatoes.

How many is 3 pounds?


Made these twice now & I still find them a little bland. I guess I'll have to spice it up even more. I made the large size but I think next time I will try the small ones. I love the texture. My family said they were okay. Very good base recipe.

What do you think? Made these twice now & I still find them a little bland. I guess I'll have to spice it up even more. I made the large size but I think next time I will try the small ones. Very good base recipe.

Sounds good, but it's only half the recipe! This is the recipe for the "puffs", but where's the recipe for the "creamy potato filling", and how do you put the filling inside the puffs without breaking them?

The "creamy potato filling" is just the inside of the potato puff. Baking the potato balls in the oven makes the outsides crispy and the inside retains the creamy, buttery mashed-potato texture.

I would also like to know if these can be made ahead of time or even frozen possibly.

i was wondering the same thing. i've frozen mashed potatoes and they were fine,,,so now i've made the rounds of potatoes using ritz crackers only because that's what i had,,, and i just diced up the greens on scallions and added it to the mixture. Rolled up easily. Now, I think i'm going to freeze them individually and then put them in a freezer bag. Hope it works out. Better to find out ahead of time rather than when planning on serving it with company, lol.

Can I make there ahead of time, and how far ahead???

i added bacon and cheese to mine and they were delicious, also i didnt have any saltine crackers so i used some wheat thins

Saute some green onions and leeks and add crispy bacon and youve got a simple but really tasty filling for these potato puffs!

Estelle yes you should use saltines, if it was a different cracker it would say what to use. Joieminer, Use the Olive oil, this will replace the butter that is not called for. frying food with olive oil is a healthy alternative to other oils, i use it a lot afterfinding out it is heart healthy.

I would also like to know what kind of crackers to use. Has anyone tried experimenting with any different kinds of crackers? I am making these now and any advice would be helpful. Thank you

If you don't have crackers, can you use something else?

what type of cracker crumbs do you use ? ( saltines, ritz , or club )

hello everybody, i was wondering when they say to put olive oil in a frying pan could u just use pam and spray the pan ? i know olive oil has a certain taste to it which is awesome but i don't like using oil to cook w/i stopped using oil to cook a long time ago.


Hello: I just need to get a Potatoe Omelet. Could you please send me the recipie? I will appreciated. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You. Sincerely; Aida Alvarado


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