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Fat Rascals (Potato Cheese Puffs)

 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!
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded American or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup 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.
  • Yield: about 24 puffs.