These filled and fried potato balls come from Carmen Jones restaurant on Auckland's K Road and serve 6 as a tapa.
For the bomba mix
|3 cups||Mashed potato (Main)|
|1 handful||Breadcrumbs, coarse, for rolling bomba|
Filling and serving
|2||Chorizo sausages, sliced, fried, chopped into crumbs (Main)|
|2 slices||Bacon, or use pancetta, fried then finely chopped|
|½ cup||Roast pork, leftover, finely chopped (Main)|
|1 tsp||Fennel seeds, toasted in a dry pan, then crushed or chopped|
|1 handful||Chopped parsley|
|1||Red pepper, roasted, peeled and pureed; or use 1/2 Tbsp store-bought red pepper paste|
|¾ tsp||Smoked paprika|
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- Sprinkle flour into mashed potato and mix well, (do not use food processor for this).
- In a separate bowl mix chorizo, bacon, roast pork, fennel seeds and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
- Put an amount of potato mix into the palm of your left hand, flattening the mixture. In the centre of this, place a scant teaspoon of pork filling and close the potato around the filling, rolling between two hands to make a ball with the filling in the centre. You are aiming for a size slightly larger than a squash ball.
- Roll balls in breadcrumbs to coat well (you can also use the egg and crumb method if you want a thicker coating) and refrigerate to stiffen.
- Combine aioli, red pepper and smoked paprika. If a bit chunky, push through a sieve. Set aside.
- To serve, deep fry (or shallow fry, turning till evenly golden) and serve with smoked paprika aioli for dunking.
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