Crispy, Creamy Potato Puffs
- ACTIVE: 1 HR 10 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 40 MIN
- SERVINGS: makes about 60 fritters
These enticing Chilean potato puffs, known as papas duquesas, are a cross between mashed potatoes and french fries. Valeria Huneeus' granddaughters love picking up the little puffs with their hands and popping them into their mouths.
- 2 1/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Cook for 1 minute over high heat, shaking the pan frequently to dry out the potatoes.
- Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl. Stir in the egg, butter, dry milk, cheese, flour and nutmeg; season with salt. Using floured hands, roll the potato mixture into 1-inch balls; you should have about 60.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Working in batches of about 12, fry the potato balls over moderately high heat until they are browned on 3 sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels, season lightly with salt and transfer the potato balls to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls.
- When all of the puffs are fried, reheat them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve at once.
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