For these chouriço and potato balls (bolinhas de chouriço com batata), sauteed Portuguese sausage, onions, and mashed potatoes are rolled and deep-fried. An excellent hors d’oeuvre, cocktail party nibble, or snack.
Affectionately dubbed “Portuguese tater tots” by our testers, we can’t get enough of these pillowy nuggets of potato-y heaven. They’re the ideal cocktail party or dinner party nibble because who can resist sausage and potato in a deep-fried, three-bite, handheld package? We certainly can’t.–Angie Zoobkoff
Video: The Process of Making Portuguese SausageVideo courtesy of IngredienteSecretoTV
Chouriço and Potato Ball
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- 1 H, 15 M
- 1 H, 30 M
- Makes about 15
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Recipe Testers Reviews
Portuguese tater tots! These chouriço and potato balls are little bites of heaven. I did not expect to like these as much as I did. They are very much like the Spanish croquettes you may get in a tapas restaurant—but better. This would be great as an appetizer and I would add a nice glass of Alvarinho or a wine spritz next time to accompany.
The outer edges were just crisp, not overly breadcrumbed. The inside was very well seasoned, with each ingredient important on its own. Unfortunately, we could not source the Portuguese chouriço so I had to substitute Spanish chorizo, which worked incredibly well.
I made 34 balls. If I added too much potato, or made the balls too small, it doesn’t matter as the result would still be a winner. The ratios definitely have wiggle room in this recipe as it produces such great flavor. I think these would freeze well, too. This is a keeper.
These chouriço and potato balls are like little pieces of heaven. They’re a perfect appetizer for any get-together.
Not difficult to pull together, they can easily be prepared up to the point of frying early in the day, left in the refrigerator, and fried when you’re ready. I found that once they’re fried, if you place them on a wire rack placed on a baking sheet versus on paper towels they stay crisp and hold nicely in an oven set at about 175°F until ready to serve.
These chouriço and potato balls make a nice little snack for those days when you have an hour and a half to make a snack. It would also make nice hors d'oeuvres for a party when the average sausage ball will not do.
The caramelized onions enhance the flavors of the chorizo and potatoes. I boiled the potatoes earlier in the day and allowed them to cool before mashing.