Potato Cheese Patties

This is another one of my mother-in-law recipes!  And it’s a keeper, for sure.  If you want to try a new potato side-dish recipe, than this recipe is for you!  They are nice and crispy on the outside, and soft and cheesy on the inside.  Absolutely perfect!

Potato Cheese Patties

Ingredients:

Approximately 4 large potatoes (you need to have 5 cups of mashed potatoes)

1/2 cup diced green onion

2 Tablespoons flour

Approximately 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and boil the potatoes.  Drain the water from the pot and mash the potatoes together until smooth.  Add the flour, green onions, salt, and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Allow to cool for about 15 minutes (you can also place them in the refrigerator to cool it down faster).  You want the potatoes to be cool enough for you to handle with your hands.

Poor a thin layer of oil in a frying pan (just enough to thinly cover the surface of the pan…you don’t want soggy potato balls).  Turn the stove on medium heat and allow the oil to warm up while you prepare the potato patties.

To prepare the patties,  grab approximately 1/3 of a cup of potatoes and flatten it out in the palm of one hand.  Using your other hand, grab about 1-2 tablespoons of cheese and place it on top of the flattened mashed potatoes.  Grab an additional 1/3 cup of potatoes and flatten them on top of the cheese.  You are essentially making a sandwich, using the potatoes as the “bread” on both sides of the cheese.

I can usually only place 4 patties in my pan at a time, so I make 4 patties and place them on a plate.  Then I transfer the patties to the pan with the heated oil.  They need to cook on one side for at least 5 minutes.  You want the side to be brown and crispy before you use a spatula to flip it to the other side.  Cook both sides until they are nice and crispy.

Eat while hot…enjoy! 🙂

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