If there’s one thing that gets cbb excited at meal times, it’s this: CRISPY STUFF! Are your kids the same?
She’s not a fan of potatoes when it’s all mushy but she does love these airfried potato balls. It’s like begadil without the spices because I’m a bit too lazy to add this and that. This recipe only needs 5 ingredients: potato, carrot, broccoli, egg and panko breadcrumbs. You can jazz this up with a cheese surprise in the centre! When shaping, just stuff some shredded cheese in the middle and watch your kid’s eyes open big big when they bite into one!
The egg is used as a dip before coating the balls in breadcrumbs. There will be leftover egg, so what I do is add some milk to the egg and make a fluffy egg omelette roll for cbb. Protein? Checked. Fibre? Checked. Carbs? Checked. Happy kid? CHECKED! And yes you can toast and blitz your own breadcrumbs. If you don’t have an airfryer, you could pan fry this or bake them in the oven.
Finger food for kids: Crispy potato and veggie bites (budgetpantry.com) Makes about 25-30 potato balls
What you need: 4 medium-large potatoes (I used Holland potato) 1 large carrot 2 handfuls of cooked broccoli florets 2 eggs, beaten 100g panko breadcrumbs 100g shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Cook peeled potatoes and carrots in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. If you can push a fork through, they’re done. In the last 2 minutes, blanch the broccoli florets. Drain.
Mash the potatoes and carrots with a fork. Using a pair of scissors, snip the broccoli florets into the mash and mix well. Set aside a portion for baby and season the rest with salt and spices for adults. Shape into balls with your hands. If desired, stuff cheese into the middle of the balls. These freeze well, so you can make the entire batch for baby and freeze the excess.
Dip each ball in egg then roll in breadcrumbs. Repeat until all ingredients are used up. Spray some oil on each ball and airfry for 12 minutes at 180C.
Alternatively, panfry in shallow oil till golden, or bake in the oven at 190C till browned.
TIP: This is a meal for the entire family. You can shape leftovers into balls and freeze for baby, or season with salt and spices for adults!