Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins
This is an old Eastern European fake out. If you have left over mashed potatoes and don't want to throw them out try this. It's great as a side and I've give a dessert variation.
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 2 -3 tablespoons oil
- 1 cup flour
- 1 -2 cup seasoned dry bread crumb
- 1 cup poppy seed
- 1 cup ground walnuts
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- OK - Refrigerate any leftover mashed potatoes, next day, nuke them til warm. Meanwhile, bring large pot of water to boil. Place potatoes in large bowl and add enough flour to form soft dough (it may take more than what I've written) Turn out on board and knead - adding enough flour to form non sticky but still soft dough. Divide dough if two large sections (depends on how much leftovers you had) Roll into long rope and cut into 1 inch pieces. Roll these pieces between palms of hand to form little sausages (size of your pinky) Continue till all of dough is used. Drop 2 handfuls into water and stir so as not to stick to bottom. When they float to top boil for about 1 minutes and remove to large bowl. Continue until all dough is boiled.
- In frying pan add oil and breadcrumbs and brown slightly. Toss over dough and serve as a side. You can adjust seasoning to taste.
- Same process to make dough and boiling process doesn't change. If using fresh poppy seeds or walnuts brown slightly (or both go nuts!) this gives good nutty flavor. Toss onto warm boiled dough and add sugar to taste. You can use canned and pre-sweetened - just leave out sugar and DO NOT brown in oil just toss into your boiled dough.
- Serve as desert!
- DESSERT 2 !
- Same process, make the dough (you may need to add more flour, it shouldn't be stick) but -- Flour the board well, roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out 3 inch circles (coffee cup is good), or 2 x 4 inch strips, make a 1 inch slit in center (circle or strip). Bring oil to heat and fry (I know unhealthy, but once in awhile it's ok) Fry until light golden on both sides. (it's fast so be careful). Drain on paper plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar or Dip in applesauce (I love them dipped in applesauce). YUM.
- Very simple but good!
We do the side-dish variation all the time, except that we use butter instead of oil.. My parents are Polish and this was always a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, and I carried on the tradition for my family as well.. fricken' awesome is what they are, I wish more people would try them, they don't know what they're missing!! And now speaking of missing out, we've not had the dessert variations before.. ever! I'll need to try those, thanks!