Sesame Potato Puffs

BY : PUBLISHED : November 10th, 2022

These potato puffs are the perfect party appetizer and snack. They're easy, affordable, and so snack-worthy. Reminiscent of tater tots, knishes, and bourekas, serve them up with a subtly spiced ketchup or your condiment of choice.

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completed Sesame Potato Puffs on a baking tray

These potato puffs are like little potato pillows made with mashed potatoes and some amazing seasonings. I love how they're crispy on the outside but delicate on the inside, such a winning combination.

Add them to your next party food lineup along with jackfruit lettuce cups, vegan french onion dip, and bbq cauliflower wings! Your guests will love it and be clamoring for more!

Are you looking for more delicious ways to serve up potatoes? I highly recommend this simple lentil potato soup or rosemary roasted potatoes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Baked in the oven, rather than fried, for a golden brown outside and fluffy, chewy inside.
  • So many ways to eat them. Serve them up for parties, snacks, and even a side dish for meals. 
  • Naturally vegan, these potato puffs work for all types of eaters!
  • Prepared using budget-friendly ingredients that are easy to find.

What Goes Into This Recipe

These easy potato pillows are made using simple ingredients you can find at most grocery stores. Here's an overview of what you need - check the recipe card for the full list and quantities.

  • Potatoes: Use regular potatoes or even leftover mashed potatoes if you’ve got enough. Another tasty option is to make sweet potato puffs instead.
  • Aromatics: You will need a yellow onion and fresh garlic.
  • Thickener and texture: The recipe uses potato starch and all-purpose flour to give these potato puffs their texture.
  • Baking powder: Helps give them their puff.
  • Nutritional yeast: Gives them a nice 'cheesy' flavor. 
  • Seasoning: Use a blend of dried spices and herbs including oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper and fresh parsley.
  • Sesame seeds: Mashed potato bites get a nice crunch by rolling them in sesame seeds before baking. It also gives them an excellent nutritional boost providing healthy fats, calcium, and protein.

How To Make Potato Puffs

  • 1) Gather up all the ingredients and preheat the oven so it’s hot when you’re ready to cook.
  • 2) Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Boil them until tender and ready for mashing, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and then mash with a fork or potato masher. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and enough water to make it creamy. Set aside to cool.
  • 3) Saute the onion and garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then add the cooked veggies to the potato mixture. Add the remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds. 
  • 4) Stir until the mixture has a dough-like consistency. You may need to add more flour. The mixture will be moist, but you should be able to form it into little balls. It's even easier if the potato mixture is cool.
  • 5) Place the sesame seeds in a separate shallow bowl. Roll the potato mixture into golf ball-sized balls and roll in the sesame seeds to coat. 
  • 6) Place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or parchment paper) and bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 15. They should be golden brown and crispy. 
  • 7) Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving with your condiments of choice.

Expert Tips 

  • Allow the potatoes to fully cool after cooking before mixing and rolling. The potatoes will firm up as they cool and will hold their shape easier.
  • Using leftover mashed potatoes? You will need about two cups to equal the four medium russet potatoes.
  • Need these gluten-free? Swap the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Serve while hot with a yummy dipping sauce!

FAQs

Are potato puffs the same thing as tater tots?

Yes, they are pretty much the same thing! Whether you call them mashed potato bites, potato puffs, or tater tots, they’re all made with seasoned potatoes. This recipe uses mashed potatoes and more seasoning so they are a little bit different in texture and flavor but the idea is the same!

Can potato puffs be frozen?

Yes, they can. Let them cool completely and then place them flat on a tray in the freezer to flash freeze. Once they are frozen you can transfer them to a container or bag to store in the freezer for up to three months.

completed Sesame Potato Puffs on a baking tray

Variations

  • 'Cheesy': Want to add more vegan cheese flavor? Add some vegan grated cheese.
  • Veggies: Want to sneak in some veggies? Finely chop up some cooked broccoli and cauliflower and add them to the mixture.
  • Change the shape and size. They work great rolled into balls, flattened into patties, or even shaped like mini tater tots.
  • Sweet potatoes: Swap the regular potatoes for sweet potatoes.

How to Serve

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completed Sesame Potato Puffs on a baking tray
completed Sesame Potato Puffs on a baking tray

Sesame Potato Puffs

Renee Press
These potato puffs are the perfect party appetizer and snack. They're easy, affordable, and so snack-worthy. Reminiscent of tater tots, knishes, and bourekas, serve them up with a subtly spiced ketchup or your condiment of choice.
5 from 39 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 373 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of potato starch
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups of sesame seeds or as needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place potatoes in a large pot and just cover with water. Boil until mashable, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, mash, and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and enough water to make it creamy. Set aside to cool.
  • Saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat for 5 minutes and add to potato mixture. Mix in remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds.
  • Stir until a dough-like consistency is reached, adding more flour as needed. It will be moist, but you should be able to form it into little balls. It's even easier if the potato mixture is cool.
  • Place sesame seeds in a separate shallow bowl. Roll potato mixture into golf ball-sized balls and roll in the sesame seeds to coat. Place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or parchment paper) and bake for 15 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 15. They should be golden brown and crispy. Let cool slightly before serving with condiments of choice.

Notes

  • Allow the potatoes to fully cool after cooking before mixing and rolling. The potatoes will firm up as they cool and will hold their shape easier.
  • Using leftover mashed potatoes? You will need about two cups to equal the four medium russet potatoes.
  • Need these gluten-free? Swap the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Serve while hot with a yummy dipping sauce!

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 10gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 61mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 332mgIron: 6mg
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. fireandearthkitchen.com

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  1. Erin says

    5 stars
    Ooooh, these are so addictive!

  2. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    I adore sesame seeds and sweet potatoes. I love the texture and flavor of these cute little puffs!

    • Andrea White says

      They're one of a kind! So fluffy and delicious!

  3. Rachel says

    5 stars
    These potato puffs are so creative! New favorite party appetizer for sure!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss! It's a new favorite of mine too. So good!

  4. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    I've never seen anything like these sesame potato puffs, brilliant idea!

    • Andrea White says

      So unique and so delicious!

  5. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    These puffs are the perfect tasty appetizer!

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