Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ham, Cheese and Mashed Potatoes Rolls

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Here is an idea for you.
These savory, hearty, scrumptious rolls filled with ham, mashed potatoes and mozzarella cheese are a sure crowd-pleaser.

Here is a little something I made for dinner the other night. The kids really looooooved these, and devoured them in no time. And what's not to love about a crispy-on-the-outside slice of ham, filled with soft and cheesy mashed potatoes, rolled in batter and fried to perfection?!? This dish is so scrumptious and comforting that is perfect for every occasion. 

I served these ham and mashed potatoes rolls for my family dinner, next to big green salad, after a warm and healthy tomato-basil soup. But these are also great as a fun appetizer. Or cut in slices are a perfect pick-up food for your next party.

I first ate these a long time ago at my in-laws' house. That's where I first learned how to prepare this dish. But I never wrote down the recipe, made it many many times, and probably changed the recipe along the way. So this might not be how my mother-in-law makes it anymore, but today, and all for you, I finally measured and written down all the ingredients.

This recipe is quite simple and quick. Cook and mash the potatoes, add the cheese, roll in ham, dip in batter and fry. I know ... I said  FRY!!
I, too, always try to avoid giving fried food to my family, but unfortunately there is no way around with this recipe. Believe me. I tried! I did try to bake these rolls and failed miserably. The problem is the batter. Unless it's cooked right away, it will droop down and off the rolls. And honestly, batter is really meant to be fried. That's when its flavor comes alive and brings the aroma of all the ingredients together. You can make the frying a little "healthier" though, by using fresh olive oil, and use just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. And always make sure to remove as much  oil as you can from the rolls with a paper towel at the end.

Ingredients: to make 8 rolls                                  Printable Recipe
  • 2 medium potatoes (around 14 oz, 450 gr) (I used russet)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
  • 4 oz (110 gr) of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices (8 oz, 225 gr) of ham
  • oil to fry (I used olive oil)
  • salt
for the batter:
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup (110 gr) of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 fl oz (120 ml) of milk
Preparation time: about 50 minutes
1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Cut them in half and place them in a pot covered with cold salted water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until fully cooked. Test with fork for readiness.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the batter: in a bowl add the egg, flour, salt, olive oil and half of the milk. Whisk well together so that there are no lumps. Add the rest of the milk a little bit at a time, until smooth.

3. Press the potatoes through a ricer when still hot into a large bowl. Let it cool down a couple of minutes (so the cheese wont melt right away). Add the cheese and the parsley. Mix quickly with a spoon or fork, just to combine the ingredients. Make sure to keep the mashed potatoes soft.
4. On each slice of ham, place about 2 tablespoons of the potato and cheese mixture. Roll the ham as shown in my picture.

5. Heat the frying oil in a large skillet over medium-high flame. I used just a little of oil... not even enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Carefully not to lose the filling, dip each roll in the batter, and place it right away in the pan. Fry all the rolls, turning them on each side. Remove most of the oil by placing the rolls on a plate lined with paper towel.

Serve hot! If you prepare the rolls ahead of time, warm them up in the oven until hot! Enjoy.


1 comment:

  1. I like your recipe. It's very simple and easy to follow