Last year I had a flatmate from Philadelphia. He decided to make this originally Phili recipe for a St.Patrick's day party we celebrated at university. The potatoes became the main feature of the party and everyone loved them, so here I am sharing them with you all.
Step 1: Ingredients
For 12 small potatoes:
120g Cream cheese
250g Powdered sugar
100g Grated coconut: If it's not fresh but dried, then we will need to soak it in milk 200ml to rehydrate it.
Cinnamon: If it's not your cup of tea, then you can also use powdered cocoa.
*Traditionally a few drops of vanilla extract were incorporated to the mixture, but in this case they have not been added*
Step 2: The Mixture
- First, if the coconut you got is dried, put it in a bowl and pour milk until it's covered. Let it rehydrate for about an hour. Finally, strain it to get rid of the excess of milk.
- Mix the cream cheese and the butter.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix it all well until it's homogeneous.
- Add the coconut and mix. You should get a dough-like consistence.
Step 3: Shaping and Coating
In order to put the same amount of "dough" in each potato:
- Make balls of the same size (4cm as max). I recommend to put a small amount in each potato because they are very satiating, and I've learned by experience that if they are too big people will only half of them.
- Give them the potato shape and coat them in cinnamon.
**The potatoes do not need to have the same shape or size. I did it this way for aesthetic reasons**
Step 4: Presentation
The most impressive way to present your irish potatoes is in a paper or jute bag. In case of Irish themed party, some classic clovers can be added as decorative element.