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theirs & ours potato balls

I was looking through the "Audrey at Home" (Hepburn) cookbook and came across a very simple recipe for something called Potato Balls. My first thought was that this was a great idea for a baby finger food, but in the test phase found that the melon baller size was still a bit too big for baby... I decided that they were perfect, however, for toddlers, big kids and adults! Kids think that the shape is fun, new twist on potato and did I mention they taste like french fries?! Except no frying! Just roasting. While Audrey's recipe was intriguing, I thought a flavor boost was necessary so in the testing phase I settled on 2 different recipes. One for toddlers & kids, just plain, ol' salt/pepper/olive oil version and then a dressed up adult version with red chili/thyme/garlic/rosemary. Both versions are addicting and go fast so you may want to double the recipe! If you are looking for an adorable side dish or snack then you should really put these recipes in your rotation!



theirs & ours potato balls

  • This is a toddler, big kid & family meal

prep time:

10 minutes

cook time:

30 minutes

total time:

40 minutes


3 dozen balls (you will also need a melon baller)


  • 1 lb new potatoes
  • 2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbl salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbl fresh rosemary (added to adult version & dipping sauce)
  • 1 tbl fresh thyme (added to adult version & dipping sauce)
  • 1 clove garlic (added to adult version & dipping sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes (added to the adult version)
  • 1/2 cup mayo (dipping sauce)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (dipping sauce)
  • 1 tbl parmesan (dipping sauce)
  • salt & pepper to taste


      1. pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
      2. wash & peel 1 lb of new potatoes. with a melon baller scoop out balls of potato and put in a pot with cold water.
      3. boil the potatoes (add salt to the water once they start boiling) for 6 minutes. drain & return to pot, put over the heat for another minute to get rid of the excess water.
      4. transfer balls to a mixing bowl. add olive, salt & pepper and toss. If you are making the plain version, put balls on a greased cookie sheet, evenly spread out. if you are making the adult version add to them 3/4 tbl chopped rosemary, 3/4 tbl chopped thyme, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1/4 tsp red chili flakes & toss. pour onto a greased cookie sheet, evenly spread out.
      5. put them in the oven for 12 minutes. turn each ball over and place back in the oven to for another 12 minutes.
      6. in the meantime, in the same bowl you mixed the adult version you can make the adult dipping sauce. add 1/2 cup of mayo, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tbl parmesan cheese, 1/4 tbl additional chopped rosemary, 1/4 tbl chopped thyme and salt & pepper to taste. Mix and put into a dipping dish.
      7. When the potatoes are finished add to a serving platter with ketchup for the kids and the adult dipping sauce.
      8. chow down!

      happy eating!