Yield: 12 fritters


  • 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • canola oil for deep frying
  • salsa (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, place potatoes in enough salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, then drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mash potatoes with a potato masher until smooth. Fold in cheeses, eggs, cilantro, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Shape mixture into twelve, 3-inch diameter patties. If desired, cover and chill for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1-inch of oil to 375˚. Add potato patties, three or four at a time and fry, about 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once halfway through cooking time. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot and top with salsa if desired.