April 17, 2007

Patates Toplari~Potato Balls

This recipe is a basic lemon/olive oil potato salad that is mashed with your hands. Then you make it into balls and roll in your favorite toppings. Any type of crushed nuts or seeds will be delicious. You can also use breadcrumbs or Parmesan cheese. Get creative and have fun. This would also be a great recipe to do with the children. Afiyet Olsun!


4-6 medium potatoes (I used light skinned)
2 green onions (finely chopped)
1 carrot (shredded, squeezed)
2 small dill pickles (finely chopped)
1/4 C parsley finely chopped
1/4 C Dill finely chopped

Olive oil
Lemon juice
1 tsp sumac
1 tsp red pepper
pinch of mint
pinch of oregano

Roll toppings
Sesame seed (toasted for 10 minutes)
shave almonds (toasted for 10 minutes)
Paprika/sweet red pepper

What to do:

In a medium pot bring water to a boil, and a pinch of salt. Take a knife and cut potato skin all the way around (short side). Doing this will make it easier to peel the potato later. Remove from water and put in ice cold water bath. Place hands on each end and gently squeeze off skin.(Watch video below). Smash potatoes by using your hands. Potatoes should be somewhat chunky. Then add all of your other ingredients. Mix together and prepare your toppings. Make sure your salad is not too moist. Make small balls and gently roll in toppings. Try not to overcoat them. It is best to roll in toppings right before serving.

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