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Homemade Cheesy Potato Sticks

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There’s something magical about the combination of cheese and potatoes that makes my heart sing. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that’s close to my heart – Cheesy Potato Sticks.

This simple yet delicious dish has been my go-to comfort food for years. It’s easy to make, requiring just a few ingredients, and the result is always satisfyingly cheesy goodness and irresistibly crunchy.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super Cheesy and Crunchy: These potato sticks are super cheesy and crunchy, and are actually pretty easy to make too.
  • Quick and Convenient: You can put them together super quick, and also make them ahead of time and store them for weeks until you’re ready to fry them.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: This cheesy potato sticks recipe is actually perfect to make and store for all those occasions when you have guests coming over, or just for those times when you’re craving for something cheesy and flavorful that’s homemade.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Potatoes (Golden or Russet Potatoes): The base of the cheesy delight, providing a hearty, starchy texture.
  • Corn Starch: Helps to make the potato sticks crispy on the outside when fried or baked.
  • Shredded Cheese (Gouda or any kind): Adding melted cheese to the potato sticks gives them a tasty, creamy, and gooey twist!
  • Salt: Enhances the flavors of the potatoes and cheese, making them more pronounced.
Homemade Cheesy Potato Sticks

How To Make Cheesy Potato Sticks?

Step 1: Prep The Potatoes

Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Peel and wash your potatoes. Medium dice your potatoes.

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Step 2: Boil And Mash The Potatoes

Cook the potatoes in boiling water for about 12-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Remove them from the pot and let them drain until all water is drained. Then mash your potatoes by pushing them through a strainer.

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Step 3: Prepare The Potato Mixture

Add the cornstarch, cheese, and a pinch of salt to the mashed potatoes and mix until well combined.

Step 4: Freeze The Mixture

Put the mashed potatoes in a ziplock bag or on a parchment-lined baking sheet (so they won’t stick with the parchment paper surface). Flatten them with a rolling pin, then keep them in the freezer for about an hour.

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Step 5: Prepare The Sticks

Carefully cut open the ziplock bag (I used zip log bag) to keep the mashed potatoes intact. Cut your sticks by cutting them in half first, and then smaller sticks.

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Step 6: Fry Until Golden Brown

Heat vegetable or olive oil in a pan and wait until it has reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your oil is hot, fry your potato cheese sticks in batches for about 2-3 minutes. Make sure your pan is not too crowded.

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Step 7: Serve

Transfer these cheesy potato sticks on a plate with kitchen towel, so it will absorb most oil. Serve while hot with your favorite dip sauce.

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Cooking Tips

  • Choosing the Right Binding Agent: I’ve used cornflour as the binding agent for these crispy sticks, but if you don’t have it, you can use potato starch as an alternative.
  • Seasoning Options: You can also choose to season the mixture for the potato snack with some red pepper flakes, crushed black pepper, Italian seasoning, dried oregano, or even some cayenne pepper if you want to bring in a bit of extra flavor. Garlic powder or stock powder can also be a great addition to the mixture.
  • Preparing the Potatoes: Remember to drain the potatoes well after they have been boiled, and then proceed to mash them. Getting rid of the excess moisture will ensure that the mixture has the perfect texture and consistency.
  • Choosing the Cheese: I’ve used Gouda cheese for this recipe, but you can use any other cheese of your choice. I would recommend using pepper jack,cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese for different experiements.

Variations

  • Onion Powder: Enhances the flavor profile with its savory notes. Sprinkle it into the mix before shaping and frying for a richer taste.
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Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store in the Fridge: The best way to store this potato cheese snack is to transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it.
  • Shelf Life: You can store the leftover potato sticks for 2-3 days.
  • Reheat: You can reheat them in the Air Fryer or the oven.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • On Their Own: These cheesy potato sticks can be served as a delicious snack on their own.
  • Classic Dipping Sauces: You can stick to the classics and serve these potato sticks with some Tomato Ketchup, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Salsa Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Hummus or Ranch Dressing on the side.
  • Gourmet Serving Style: Serve these sticks on a platter and top them with a drizzle of some cheese sauce or hot sauce and some freshly chopped herbs of your choice.

FAQ’S

How To Make the Potato Sticks More Crispy?

To make the potato cheese sticks more crispy, you can add rice flour into the mixture instead of cornflour.
Another great idea is to Air Fry the sticks instead of deep frying them.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?

Yes, you totally can!

You can prepare the mixture for these cheese potato sticks weeks in advance (up to step 5), and then freeze them until you’re ready to fry and serve them.

Just remember to use a Ziploc Bag or a freezer safe container to store them. This will help prevent freezer burn.

Homemade Cheesy Potato Sticks

Homemade Cheesy Potato Sticks

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cheesy Potato Sticks are super yummy sticks made of potatoes and cheese, perfect for snacking any time!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. potatoes (Russet or golden potatoes)
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (I used Gouda, but you can use any kind)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Peel and wash your potatoes. Medium dice your potatoes.
  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for about 12-15 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove them from the pot and let them drain until all water is drained. Then mash your potatoes by pushing them through a strainer.
  3. Add the cornstarch, cheese, and a pinch of salt to the mashed potatoes and mix until well combined.
  4. Put the mashed potatoes in a ziplock bag or on a parchment-lined baking sheet (so they won’t stick with the parchment paper surface). Flatten them with a rolling pin, then keep them in the freezer for about an hour.
  5. Carefully cut open the ziplock bag (I used zip log bag) to keep the mashed potatoes intact. Cut your sticks by cutting them in half first, and then smaller sticks.
  6. Heat vegetable or olive oil in a pan and wait until it has reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your oil is hot, fry your potato cheese sticks in batches for about 2-3 minutes. Make sure your pan is not too crowded.
  7. Transfer these cheesy potato sticks on a plate with kitchen towel, so it will absorb most oil. Serve while hot with your favorite dip sauce.

Notes

  • Choosing the Right Binding Agent: I’ve used cornflour as the binding agent for these crispy sticks, but if you don’t have it, you can use potato starch as an alternative.
  • Seasoning Options: You can also choose to season the mixture for the potato snack with some red pepper flakes, crushed black pepper, Italian seasoning, dried oregano, or even some cayenne pepper if you want to bring in a bit of extra flavor. Garlic powder or stock powder can also be a great addition to the mixture.
  • Preparing the Potatoes: Remember to drain the potatoes well after they have been boiled, and then proceed to mash them. Getting rid of the excess moisture will ensure that the mixture has the perfect texture and consistency.
  • Choosing the Cheese: I’ve used Gouda cheese for this recipe, but you can use any other cheese of your choice. I would recommend using pepper jack,cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese for different experiements.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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