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Author Notes: Looking for a different and interesting appetizer? This should do it! —mtlabor
Makes 15-20 balls
- 2 cups garlic mashed potatoes
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1/4 cup button mushrooms, diced
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon chinese 5 spice
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1-2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- vegetable oil, for frying
- In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork, shallot, mushrooms, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and chinese 5 spice.
- Heat a large skillet under medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook pork mixture until browned and broken up. Turn off heat and set aside to cool.
- Once the pork mixture is cooled, mix in with mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
- Shape the mixture into small to medium sized balls, about 1 to 1 & 1/2 inch in diameter should be fine. Dip each ball into the flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip in eggs, and roll in panko.
- Heat a large dutch oven under medium high heat and fill with about 3 inches of oil. When temperature is about 350 F, start heating balls in batches, about 5 balls per batch should do it. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes or so, and drain on paper towels.
- Serve with sriracha sauce!