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Fat Rascals (Potato Cheese Puffs)

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


about 24 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!


  • 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


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Combine the cheese, mashed potatoes, eggs and milk, add to dry ingredients.
  2. 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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