With a nod to your favorite street fair food, these mashed potatoes are easy to make and fun to eat!
Cheese curds. Corn dogs. Fried pickles. Deep-fried Twinkies. All these indulgent snacks are fan favorites at summer fairs. The smells always beckon as you walk around, looking for the new and best fried food on a stick. At this year's Minnesota State Fair, there promises to be Fried Cookie Dough on a Stick...sounds like a new guilty pleasure to me!
I have heard about Mashed Potatoes on a Stick for a couple years now and have always been intrigued. So to kick off the summer fair season, I thought I would try to make these snacks in my own kitchen.
They turned out to be surprisingly easy with the help of Betty Crocker® Mashed Potato pouches. First, make whatever flavor of potatoes floats your boat. Following the directions on the back of the package, I put them in the microwave, and they cooked up in a flash!
I made them all and decided to add some extra flavors. I stirred in extra Parmesan cheese to the Roasted Garlic flavor, bacon bits to the Loaded Mashed and a handful of shredded cheddar cheese to the Cheddar & Sour Cream.
I then put the bowls of potatoes in the fridge for about 15 minutes. It is better if the consistency is a bit lumpy, so you don’t want to whip them to be too creamy. Then I formed the mixtures into balls with about 2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes. I placed them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Meanwhile, I mixed up a simple batter of egg, milk, flour, salt and baking powder. (You can use your favorite batter for this step, but this was really easy.) Then coat each of the potato balls in the batter.
Drop the coated balls into either a deep-fryer or a Dutch oven with vegetable oil that is 350°. Fry for about 4 minutes, turning once.
Remove from oil and put on paper towels to soak up excess grease. I skewered three on a kabob stick and served with a side of BBQ sauce and honey mustard. You can use any of your favorite dipping sauces.
Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside…a summer fair treat at its best!