Potato Turkey Balls

It's the day after Thanksgiving and I've got a fridge full of leftover turkey, potatoes and gravy! What can you do to use everything so there's no waste, but change it up a bit at the same time? Make Potato Turkey Balls!

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Potato Turkey Balls (Makes 18 Balls)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 Large Eggs, whisked in seperate bowls
  • 1 Cup <a href=\"http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/11/16/maple-brined-turkey/\">Roast Turkey Meat</a>, chopped
  • 1 Cup Cheese (Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella, or Cheddar), grated
  • 1 Cup Breadcrumbs (white or wholewheat)

Preparation

1. Stir the mashed potatoes and 1 whisked egg in a bowl until combined and set aside.
2. In a seperate bowl, combine the chopped turkey meat and grated cheese stirring to combine.
3. Take 2 tsps of the turkey cheese mixture and form into 1 inch balls (you want to roll them tight so the turkey and cheese bind together).
4. Take 2 tbsp of the potato egg mixture and form a patty in the palm of your hand, place a turkey cheese ball in the center and fold the potato mixture around the turkey cheese ball to make a larger ball.
5. Place the second whisked egg in a bowl and the breadcrumbs in a seperate bowl.
6. Roll each potato ball gently into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs covering the balls completely.
7. Fry the potato balls for 60 seconds until the outside is crispy or bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
8. Serve with gravy.

Accompaniments

Gravy for dipping

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25 comments

  • Barbara

    Yummy - can these be frozen?

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    • Catherine

      I would say yes, especially if you're going to fry them

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    • Anita

      I heard they wanted to inldcue it in the EU, but I also know that they suffer a lot of European xenophobia, largely in Germany. When I was in Germany in Kassel I have not seen many non-European, some blacks only. But Berlin is Turkey itself! It is the largest Turkish community outside Turkey, men are recognizable by appearance, and women by use of the Hijab (Muslim women's Clothing). If Turkey is truly first world country, why so much immigration?

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  • Jessica

    These look delicious and like something my picky 2 year old would actually eat! I have a lot of leftover mashed sweet potatoes, do you think that would be an easy substitute for regular mashed potatoes?

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    • Catherine

      You can try it. I think they're better with mashed potatoes b/c they have a lot more starch, so they're easier to roll into balls.

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  • Marco

    Excellent! I'll definitely try this recipe ... congratulations for the blog. If I may I point out a blog where there are Italian Genovese specialties ...

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  • Shauna

    Sounds good. We have recently gone on a gluten free diet :( Any way to make these without it?

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    • Catherine

      You could try using bread crumbs using a gluten free bread. Will work perfectly.

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    • Kerry

      Is wheat germ gluten free? I rolled these in wheat germ instead of bread crumbs - they turned out great! (I baked instead of fried)

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    • Crystal

      Kinnikinnick makes a gluten-free panko style bread crumb.

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  • vmeyn4

    Just made them and they were de-lish! My very picky little guy doesn't like the consistency of mashed potatoes so I made a few without (just the turkey and cheese). He gobbled them up! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  • Erin

    I don't suggest using freshly made mashed potatoes for this. They were simply way too soft to form into patties. Next time I make mashed potatoes, I'll make an extra large batch and refrigerate the leftovers for use in this recipe.

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  • Lyndsey

    My 16 month daughter normally will not eat mashed potatoes, unless they are sweet potatoes and she loved these!! I added cooked chopped broccoli in the turkey mixture, it worked really well. She ate it all, so it was an added bonus!

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    • Angelajo

      great idea!

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    • Joy B

      Thanks for suggesting the broccoli! I added some and they came out great - my son loved them! I think they would taste better fried (I baked) but I was trying to keep it healthy for my toddler. Luckily he loves them.

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  • PattiR

    Another great recipe! Both my toddlers loved these. My husband asked, you're not going to save these just for holidays are you?? I added some shredded carrots to the potatoes, which gave them a little hint of sweetness (and a fun color!). This recipe is a keeper!

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  • Jennifer

    These were really good, but the frying didn't work out for us. My husband tried to fry half of them &amp; the potatoes fell off. :) That's all right since I prefer not to fry foods anyway. I'm not sure if it was because I assembled them one night &amp; cooked them for lunch the next day, but whatever - I baked the other half &amp; they turned out great.

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    • Jennifer

      I just reread the instructions &amp; it dawned on me that I forgot the second egg. That is probably why the potatoes fell off when frying - whoops!

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  • D

    I tried this for lunch today. But the mashed potato/egg mixture was very soft and fell off. It was a terrible gooey mess. Have I done something wrong? Did anyone else have this problem? I even used day old mashed potatoes.

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    • Jay

      I probably solhudn't admit how it takes me back to childhood Christmases, but I do love this stuff. I am still looking for those Christmas decorations (large, about 18 tall) that were made out of melted together plastic chips into shapes like a big Santa, reindeers, bells, etc . inspired to check again on ebay.

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  • Pe

    I would love to try this, but I'm wondering if I can do it with ground turkey or even turkey breast? I don't have the space to do your brine recipe (which sounds delicious), but Im hoping to add all the ingredient to the ground or breast meat. Any suggestions?

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  • Mili Brooks

    Another recipie that is a success with my 2 years old daughter!. I cooked them with the veggie nuggets mix and she loved them! Thanks again!

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