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Rosemary Cheese Balls

Vegetarian appetizers are always popular and certainly help to keep the budget down. These would also be great as a main course served in a salad of mixed leaves.

Makes: 28 – 30 small balls


  • 5 medium potatoes, boiled, skins removed 250 ml mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 10 ml dried or 20 ml fresh rosemary
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 ml freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 240 g dried breadcrumbs (500 ml) Cooking oil (for frying)


  1. Preheat the Air fryer to 200oC
  2. Boil the potatoes either on a hob or cook in the microwave on 100% power for approximately 8 – 10 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mash the potatoes. Add the grated mozzarella cheese and garlic. Mix well.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients: rosemary, salt, and black pepper; mix well.
  5. Roll the potato mixture into bite-sized balls.
  6. Place the eggs in a shallow dish and lightly whisk.
  7. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.
  8. Roll the potato balls in the breadcrumbs, dip in the egg, then roll again in the breadcrumbs.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and continue until all of the potatoes have been crumbed.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  11. Put the balls in an oven dish and place the dish in the basket. Slide the basket into the air fryer.
  12.  Set the timer to 8 minutes and grill the potato and cheese balls until they are done and nicely browned.
  13.  Serve warm with chilli tomato jam, sweet chilli sauce, or pesto.


  • Heat oil in an electric frying pan. Fry the balls in batches until crispy and brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

Equipment: Mixing bowl, sharp knife, potato masher, grater, chopping board, shallow dishes, whisk, baking sheet, oven gloves, serving lifter, serving plate, toothpicks, serviettes.

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Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.