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Fat Rascals (Potato Cheese Puffs)

This is an all-time favorite Saturday night snack at our house. I'd always made potato patties with any leftover mashed potatoes that I had, but when I came across Fat Rascals they sounded like a delicious variation. Now my family deliberately leaves some mashed potatoes in the bowl during dinner just so that I can make this treat the next day!
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 24 puffs


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded American or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Combine the cheese, mashed potatoes, eggs and milk, add to dry ingredients.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat 2 in. of oil to 375°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

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