Over the holidays my uncle sent my parents steaks from a website called Omaha Steaks. Included with the steaks were, among other things, some potato appetizers, that the packaging called "Potatoes Au Gratin". Now I've had Potatoes Au Gratin before and these things are quite dissimilar. A cursory web search also reveals that these are not Potatoes Au Gratin.

I'd like to make these myself but without knowing what they are it is pretty hard to look up a recipe. What are they called?

Here is a picture from their website:


and here is the order page. The description reads:

These make a unique appetizer or an elegant side dish! Creamy shredded potatoes in a light breading prebrowned to a delicate golden brown. Available in individual servings. Just bake, serve and enjoy!

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    Welcome! Recipe requests are off topic. However, if you search for recipes for Au Gratin Potato Balls you should find what you're looking for.
    – Cindy
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 19:01
  • @Cindy Thank you. I wasn't looking for the recipe, only the name. It seems that you are correct in that measure. If you would like to write that as an answer I would be happy to accept it. Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 19:03
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    @Cindy While Omaha Steaks isn't exactly a 'restaurant' it is (especially where something like this is concerned) prepared food which I would think should be covered under the restaurant mimicry rule.
    – Cos Callis
    Commented Feb 7, 2018 at 21:43

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These are very similar to potato croquettes, for which there are tons of recipes. Those are usually made with mashed potatoes instead of shredded, but otherwise pretty much the same deal. You can find recipes with varying amounts of creamy things and cheese; I'm guessing the Omaha Steaks ones are on the higher end of that.

If you want to try to match the shredded texture better, you can probably start with a potato croquette recipe and just bake and grate/shred the potatoes instead of mashing them.

As Cindy noted, you can also find recipes by searching for "au gratin potato balls", plenty of which are mimicking the Omaha Steaks ones. I might be inclined to use a croquette recipe, because it's a more common name so it's easier to find obviously trustworthy recipes, but you'll probably be fine either way.


While they look very similar to potato croquettes, I would say that they are actually something called 'pommes noisettes' (<-- French wikipedia) which translates to hazelnut apples/potatoes.

Pommes noisettes images

These are a variant of the many potato balls, such as Pommes dauphine, Duchess potatoes, and Pommes soufflées.

To search recipes, I'd suggest dropping the au gratin from other comments and just google 'potato balls recipe'. For interesting variants, add 'loaded' to the search.


From the photos. Potato balls made with riced potatoes. But have not seen a potato ricer for many years. Do not know if still made. Look on line for one. What the breading is no idea. You make them from left over baked potatoes. Remove skin then rice them in the ricer. Spice form ball. bread & fry them.

  • Thanks for the answer. I actually happen to own a potato ricer so I know that they are still made. I also don't think the potatoes are actually breaded, it's not apparent from the picture but the outer layer seems to just be a crispier layer of the filling. Commented Feb 12, 2018 at 5:01

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