Its really weird that yesterday I may have bought my last 6 bags of charcoal for the year. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. Cooking in my dutch oven has become such a habit that I won't know what to do if I don't have to go out and start coals! :) For now I'm just going to enjoy it!
Parmesan Potato Balls
12" dutch oven
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tbs. milk
1 Tbs. butter, softened
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tbs. chopped green onion
2 1/2 Tsp. onion soup mix
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce
dash of pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Place the potatoes in a dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil over a full spread of coals; cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mash. Beat in the cream cheese, milk and butter until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, onion soup mix, salt, hot pepper sauce and pepper. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls (I used a cookie scoop). Place the egg and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip the potato balls into the egg, then roll in the crumbs. Place the balls in a dutch oven (I used the same one I cooked the potatoes in). Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serves about 6.
The Finished Product
I was really surprised by these. They were really good! I didn't make a ton of them because I wasn't sure how they would be, and when my kids went back for more and the pot was empty their faces fell. My little 5 year old even cried! They said I had to double the recipe next time. I liked the crispy outside and soft inside and the onion soup added a nice flavor to the whole thing. I'll be making these again! Grade B+.