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Potato Fritters With Feta

These potato fritters are crispy, cheesy, and wonderfully flavored with fresh herbs and spices.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 310kcal


  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup kefalotyri cheese grated. Substitute with grated pecorino romano.
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup Greek feta cheese in brine cut in ½inch cubes
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

for the bechamel

  • 2.5 tablespoons butter
  • 5.5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1⅓ cup milk

for the coating

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup potato chips

for frying

  • sunflower oil for frying


  • Wash potatoes and place them in a baking pan.
    Bake in a 200°C /390°F oven for about an hour until they are cooked.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and mix well with a whisk for 3-4 minutes. Add the milk and stir continuously with the whisk to dissolve any lumps.
    Cook for 5 minutes, on low heat, until the mixture binds well and becomes a velvety, slightly elastic, and firm béchamel. Remove from the heat and keep one cup for the recipe.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the potato skin and mash them with a potato masher or fork in a large bowl. Add the béchamel, kefalotyri cheese, oregano thyme, and spices. Mix well. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
    If the mixture feels too loose, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Scoop the potato mixture into a small ball (about two tablespoons) and press one cube of feta into the center.
    Seal the potato ball tightly around the cheese. Repeat with the remaining mixture and cheese.
  • In a bowl, beat the egg with a fork; in another bowl, mix the crushed chips and the breadcrumbs.
  • In a deep pot, heat plenty of sunflower oil over medium heat until hot.
  • Gently drop a potato fritter into the egg bowl. Next, pick up the fritter from the beaten eggs, give it a wiggle to get rid of any excess egg, and drop it into the bread crumbs. Then repeat one more time into the egg, wiggle, and add more breadcrumbs.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the fritters, two at a time (or more, depending on the size of your skillet), and fry until deep golden brown. It should take about one to two minutes for both sides, flipping as needed—transfer fritters on paper towels to absorb extra oil.
  • Serve potato fritters as a side to a steak, a roast, or a veggie casserole. Enjoy!


  • Potatoes. You can also use about two cups of leftover mashed potatoes.
  • Kefalotyri cheese. Substitute with pecorino romano or parmesan.
  • Feta cheese. Always get a block of feta in brine, like MtVikos brand. Bulgarian or Israeli feta are good substitutes. Please don't buy fat-free feta; it does not exist in Greece and is tasteless.
  • Béchamel sauce. For these fritters, you can add store-bought béchamel sauce. Various online grocery shops with European goods carry them.  Try ThomyParmalat or Jotis.
  • A couple of eggs, breadcrumbs, and potato chips. For the delicious crust.
  • Sunflower oil.  You can also try frying in extra light olive oil.
Nutritional Info – Please remember the nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 2mg