Garlicky Potato Puffs

"This recipe allows you to do something a little fancier than garlic mashed potatoes with not much more effort or time. Flour can be substituted for the potato starch, but I think the potato starch is much better in terms of flavor for this recipe. Serves 4, number of puffs will be dependent on how large you make each of them."
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  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • Add the minced garlic to the melted butter and allow to stand until needed.
  • Peel, dice, and boil potatoes till tender; mash with a potato masher.
  • Add all ingredients to the potatoes and mix well.
  • Place large tablespoons of the mixture in a buttered baking dish or on a cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle each with paprika, if desired.
  • Bake in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

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  1. This is my new favourite way to serve mash potatoes!! The addition of the egg really puffs the mash up and gives it a crunchy outside. I sprinkled with cayenne pepper and chives. Yum, and well worth the extra few minutes in the oven rather than serving just plain mashed potatoes! Thanks FlemishMinx!!
  2. Like Annelies (Pets'R'us) I halved the recipe, but left the amounts of garlic and butter the same. Like ladypit's mine were actually still a little dry- I used Yukon gold potatoes and drained them really well, which is probably the reason for this. I actually could have done with more garlic flavor. I made balls and pressed down the middles with a spoon to make little indentions- BF thought they were kind of plain, so we filled the holes with sour cream and enjoyed them like that. Good finger food, actually- I imagine these might be something good for kids or maybe even as hor'dourves- and a very versatile recipe! Lovely light texture and a nice change from just plain mashed potatoes or baked potatoes! I will experiment with this for sure. Thanks for posting!
  3. We loved these, I halved the recipe except for the butter and garlic, that might be the reason they were not dry, I do like the suggestion of ladypit, the previous reviewer, to add some milk to the mixture. I used the potato flour, readily available here and in my kitchen cupboard. They puffed up nicely and were light. Also the egg I used was a large one. I did add grated nutmeg to the mixture...this is a great addition to my potato recipes!
  4. These were nice. A little dry, but with a good flavor. I love that they had minimal butter. Maybe next time I'll add a tad bit of skim milk. Thanks so much for posting!


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