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A tasty recipe for mashed potato donuts that I found on Taste of Home (tweaked slightly); they are fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. A good way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. NOTE: mashed potatoes include milk and butter
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup luke warm mashed potatoes
- 1⁄4 cup buttermilk, plus
- 1⁄8 cup buttermilk
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- oil, for deep-fat frying
- additional sugar (optional) or brown sugar (optional)
- In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add the potatoes, buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 an hour to two hours.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter OR flour your hands and shape dough into donut shape.
- In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry the doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden-dark brown on both sides; making sure they don't burn, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Roll the warm doughnuts in sugar/brown sugar combo or confectioners sugar if desired. Yields: about 1 dozen.