Potato Balls with Anchovy


These simple little potato dumplings make for a delicious appetizer when entertaining. Mashed potatoes are seasoned with garlic, basil, salt and pepper for a simple but flavorful base. The mashed potatoes are formed into bite-sized balls and then topped with an anchovy, creating a well-balanced and hearty bite. If you want to get the little hands involved, rolling the potatoes into balls makes for the perfect project for kids to do.


  • boiled potato
  • basil
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • anchovies
  • olives


  1. In the bowl of the mixer (or food processor) grind a clove of garlic, basil leaves, salt, and extra virgin olive oil until well combined.
  2. Mash the potatoes with a fork and season them with garlic and basil mixture and a pinch of pepper. Mix well until they are a little softer, like a very thick puree.
  3. Form small balls with the mixture of the puree. Place anchovies on top and drizzle with a little olive oil.
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