Cheesy Potato Poppers – Croquettes

Cheesy Potato Poppers – croquettes recipe is ultimate perfect bite – crispy, spicy, cheesy and yummy!! These non fried poppers are going to rock and roll your next party ! Vegetarian, gluten free, soy free and low calorie, this recipe is easy to make but feels total gourmet.

What’s so fabulous about this recipe? Everything !!! And I mean it. These poppers are fancy enough for party appetizers yet simple enough to make for an afternoon snack. They are easy, loaded with flavors, crispy- crunchy- cheesy. And guess what !! They are NOT fried. You will want to pop them down guilt-free.

You can serve them as croquettes for indulgent gatherings or kitty parties. They are perfect fusion Desi Haute Poppers for game day gatherings like Cricket or Football watch parties.

Cheesy Potato Poppers with lemon wedge and chili and cilantro sauce

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These fun poppers are kids approved so you can dish them out for fun birthday parties too. Or how about a healthy fun after school snack for those hungry warriors?

We have a feeling that you’re going to fall head over heels for these Potato Croquettes/ Poppers. We know because we just did it ourselves 🙂

You will love these Cheesy Potato Poppers – Croquettes recipe because

* It’s easy, cheesy and finger licking yummy 
* Perfect for entertaining or every day snack
* It’s exotic, addictive and guilt-free low calorie gourmet 🙂 

Cheese ozzing out of Potato croquettes

This recipe originated by the accident. We were expecting a family visitor and I planned to make our favorite pohe and dry potato bhaji-poori for them. So I meal prepped by washing and soaking pohe and boiled potatoes. The guests had to rearrange their plans due to delayed flight and I had to think of creative ways to use those potatoes and soaked pohe . And voila!! This recipe was born !!

And I am excited almost to the level exuberance that my creative thinking process resulted in such a delectable fabulous recipe. It also avoided the food waste !! A win win !! You can also use all the leftover mashed potatoes from the holiday dinners like Easter or Thanksgiving to make this yummy appetizer.

Cheesy Potato Poppers served on black serving plate

 

What ingredients are used in making Cheesy Potato Poppers?

* Boiled potatoes – We start off with boiled potatoes. peel and mash them up nicely so they help form a dough. Alternatively you can use leftover mashed potatoes.
 
* Soaked Pohe or Panko Style Breadcrumbs – We use soaked pohe ( flattened rice) to get the crispy texture. You can also use “Panko Style Breadcrumbs” if you don’t have pohe available. Panko bread crumbs are crispier than regular breadcrumbs and they retain their texture better even after cooked.

* Ginger – garlic – cilantro  for spicy flavors and extra zing to these poppers.

* Cheese cubes – I cut the chunk cheese in bite size pieces. You cover the cheese pieces with the batter. Once heated, cheese melts and makes a yummy popper.

* Jalapeño Pepper slices- you can hide these slices with cheese for extra kick. For kids, keep it optional.

* Chat masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt – usual suspects for making these poppers bold, zesty, spicy and delicious.

* Oil – these poppers are made in Appe Pan ( Ebelskiver pan ) So each mold needs literally a drop of oil each side. You can use any cooking oil for this.

Cheesy Potato Popper ingredients on cutting board

What Is Appe Pan or Ebelskiver Pan?

Appe pan or Ebelskiver pan is my favorite kitchen pan to make delicious bite size snack like sabudana vada or falafel. This pan requires very little oil to crisp things up. Any round shape golden crispy snack is my weakness. So low calorie snack recipes using Appe Pan is like hitting a home-run!! You can get creative and make your snacks of different combinations. You should have this pan in your kitchen repertoire. Adding an Amazon ink here in case you want to buy this online

What Cheese Should I use?

Any chunk cheese cubes will work for this recipe. Mozzarella cheese gives nice gooey stretchable feel that kids like. It flows when heated. You can also use Monetary Jack cheese for extra flavor. This cheese doesn’t stretch as much though. I often cut the string cheese into 4-6 pieces. And this is how it turns out when you make the poppers.

How to make Cheesy Potato Poppers / Croquettes?

In a mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes to smooth consistency. Add rinsed pohe (or Panko Style Breadcrumbs) and all spices. Mix well and create a smooth dough by kneading it a few times.

Portion the dough into 12 equal portions. Scoop each portion of the mixture on your palm and make round cups. In the middleof it, place the cheese cube. You can add a jalapeno slice with it if you wish,

Dough for Cheesy Potato Poppers on black latter

Cover the top with the rest of the dough and make smooth round balls. Size of balls should fit the cavity of your appe/ebelskiver pan.

Heat the appe/ ebelskiver pan on a medium heat and grease all the cavities using drops of oil.

Cheesy Potato Poppers set on Appe pan

Fill each cavity with prepared balls. They will start sizzling in couple minutes. Check to see if they are golden brown from bottom. Using a skewer or chop stick, flip them upside down.

Cheesy Potato Poppers on Appe pan when turn golden brown ready to serve

Add another drop of oil from the top. Poppers are done when they become crisp golden brown from all sides. If couple spots remain raw, rotate them around in the cavity. Turn off the heat. Serve immediately. I like serve it with chili garlic sauce and mint cilantro chutney. You can serve it any sauce of your choice. 


Cheesy Potato Poppers with lemon wedge and chili and cilantro sauce

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Cheesy Potato Poppers with lemon wedge and chili and cilantro sauce

Cheesy Potato Poppers - Croquettes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cheesy Potato Popper recipe is ultimate perfect bite - crispy, spicy, cheesy and yummy!! These non fried poppers are going to rock and roll your next party ! Vegetarian, Glutenfree and Low calorie, this recipe is easy to make but feels total gourmet!!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium boiled potatoes
  • 1 cup rinsed pohe or Panko Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 12 cheese cubes- 1 cm each
  • 1 jalapeño pepper- thinly sliced ( optional)
  • Salt per taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Instructions

If using Appe Pan/ Ebelskiver pan or Takayoki Pan

In a mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes to smooth consistency. Add rinsed pohe and all spices. Mix well and create a smooth dough by kneading it a few times.

Portion the dough into 12 equal portions. Scoop each portion of the mixture on your palm and make round cups.

In the middle place the cheese cube. You can add a jalapeno slice with it if you wish .

Cover the top with the rest of the dough and make smooth round balls. Size of balls should fit the cavity of your appe/ebelskiver pan.

Heat the appe/ ebelskiver pan on a medium heat and grease all the cavities using drops of oil.

Fill each cavity with prepared balls. They will start sizzling in couple minutes. Check to see if they are golden brown from bottom. Using a skewer or chop stick, flip them upside down.

Add another drop of oil from the top. Poppers are done when they become crisp golden brown from all sides. If couple spots remain raw, rotate them around in the cavity. Remove from the pan and serve immediately with your choice of sauce or dip.

If You Want To Bake in Oven Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° F. Take about spoonful of mixture in your palm and make cylinder like shape. Evenly place them on baking sheet .

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, flip and bake the other side for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown)

Air-Fryer Instructions:

Shape the mixture into small balls (about 1.5" in diameter). Arrange these balls in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Air-fry for about 15 minutes at 380° F. The poppers done when they get golden brown and crisp from all around.

Notes

  • Pohe is Indian style flattened rice. If you don't have it easily avaible, use Panko Style Bread Crumbs instead.
  • CHat Masala is an all purpose Indian spice powder that is tangy, flavourful with touch of spicy. You can substitute any seasoning of your choice like garam masala, curry powder or even all purpose taco seasoning. It's a fusion appetizer so custumize it your liking.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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