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Patatokeftedes: Traditional Greek Potato Balls Recipe

Potatoes, no wonder, is a basic ingredient of Greek cuisine. Baked, fried,[the_ad id=”4758″] mashed. The ways to cook potatoes are unlimited! This traditional Greek potato balls recipe is a delicious and another way to enjoy this favorite vegetable. In Greece, we call them patatokeftedes. This recipe, ideal for a snack, serves 6 persons.


Patatokeftedes – Ingredients

  • 1 pound potatoes, unpeeled
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup kefalotiri cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh water
  • 1½ cups of unseasoned dry bread crumbs
  • Greek olive oil (for frying)

Patatokeftedes – Instructions

  1. Start making patatokeftedes by preheating oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Boil the unpeeled potatoes for 30 minutes or until soft.
  3. Drain and set potatoes aside. Allow potatoes to cool enough.
  4. Take a large mixing bowl.
  5. Peel and mash them well in the bowl.
  6. Add the egg yolks, kefalotiri cheese, salt, pepper, onion, and parsley.
  7. Mix well until all ingredients become unified.
  8. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites together with the water until well mixed.
  9. Take a baking dish and place some cooking paper.
  10. With a tablespoon take some dough. Roll it into a meatball shape.
  11. Dip the meatball in the bread crumbs, then into the egg whites, then into the breadcrumbs again.
  12. Place the potato croquettes on the baking dish. Continue until you have used up all the dough.
  13. In the meantime, take a frying pot. Fill it with ½ inch of the oil. Heat until it shimmers.
  14. Carefully add a few croquettes at a time to the hot oil.
  15. Take a spatula, gently flatten the croquettes into ½-inch-thick patties.
  16. Cook until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  17. Take a platter and place some paper towels.
  18. Remove patatokeftedes to the platter.
  19. Keep the patatokeftedes warm in the oven until all have been fried.
  20. Serve immediately.

I hope you like this patatokeftedes recipe. Stay tuned for more Greek traditional recipes. Enjoy!

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