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Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes

Makes 20

Total Time
45 mins

These little nuggets from The Garage restaurant, in Salt Lake City, are based on Mormon funeral potatoes, a crunchy, cheesy, creamy casserole dish that is served at just about any big function in that town. Rolled into balls and deep-fried, they are totally over the top.

su-Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts
 8 ounces bacon, chopped, cooked, and drained
 4 ounces cream cheese
 1/2 cup chopped onion
 1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, minced
 1 green onion, chopped
 1/4 cup sour cream
 1 1/2 cups defrosted frozen shredded hash browns
 1 cup coarsely shredded cheddar cheese
 1 tablespoon flour
 1 tablespoon cornstarch
 2 teaspoons kosher salt
 2 large eggs
 1 cup finely ground cornflakes, divided
  Vegetable oil for frying
  Chopped parsley (optional)
  Ranch dressing for dipping
Step 1

Whirl bacon, cream cheese, onion, jalapeños, green onion, and sour cream in a food processor, about 1 minute. Place in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Stir hash browns, cheddar, flour, cornstarch, salt, eggs, and 3 tbsp. ground cornflakes into bacon mixture.

Step 3

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop up a scant 1/4 cup of potato mixture and roll into a ball. Drop ball into a bowl filled with 3/4 cup cornflakes and roll to coat (mixture will firm up once coated). Place on sheet and repeat with remaining mixture. Chill until ready to cook.

Step 4

Heat 2 in. oil in a medium pot until it registers 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, until golden, 5 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with ranch dressing.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per potato ball without dip.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 127Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.1g14%

Saturated Fat 3.4g17%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 351mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 7.6g3%

Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Protein 4.4g9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.