Cajun Tater Puppies

Cajun Tater Puppies
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts sliced separately
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, 1 separated
  • 1 sleeve (about 4 oz.) saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 quart vegetable oil, for frying


Line a large plate with parchment. In a cup, combine the butter, 1 tbsp. scallion greens, the paprika and cayenne. Dollop 12 mounds of the butter onto the parchment. Freeze.

In a medium saucepan, combine the potatoes and enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Salt the water and bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, return to the pot and dry over low heat for 2 minutes. Press the potatoes through a ricer into a bowl (or mash well). Stir in the remaining scallions, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper; let cool. Mix 1 egg yolk into the potato mixture. In a medium bowl, beat the remaining whole egg and egg white. Place the cracker crumbs in another medium bowl.

Divide the potato mixture into 12 portions. Press a frozen butter mound into the center of each and gently enclose in a ball. Coat the potato balls in the crumbs, then in the beaten egg, then again in the crumbs. Transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with a piece of parchment and refrigerate until ready to fry.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer, about 5 minutes. Add 6 potato balls and fry, turning once with a slotted spoon, until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Allow the oil to return to 350 degrees and repeat with the remaining potato balls.