Zucchini potato balls with a yummy cheesy heart!

Zucchini potato balls with a yummy cheesy heart!

By 26/05/2016

These were just so soo.. good! Do you know Sicilian arancini? Those moreish balls made with rice and with cheese in the middle? Well, these are a different version of arancini made with mashed potato, finely grated zucchini and with a cheesy heart too.

They are ever so simple to make and then you shallow fry them in a pan until golden. If you are gluten intollerant just swap ordinary breadcrumbs for gluten free ones and you can enjoy these delights too.

I have not been able to cook that much recently as I cannot use the sink to wash my veggies and do the washing up. The tap was leaking and it needs replacing so whilst I am waiting for the delivery of a new one I am doing my washing up in the bathroom.. fancy that. Well I do have a dishwasher but when you cook you need to rinse knifes, bowls and spoons, so that's not convenient. Last night we ate out which I did not mind, actually it felt such a treat for me as we never eat out during the week. I might fancy that more often!

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes


Peel and cook the potatoes in salty boiling water for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and mash.

Cut the zucchini very finely ( use a grater if possible).

grated zucchini

In a pan stir fry 2 tbsp of olive oil with the finely chopped garlic clove, the zucchini and salt and pepper.ย  Cook until soft for a few minutes (3 or 4 min should be enough).

cooking zucchini

Add the zucchini to the mashed potato with the egg, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and enough breadcrumbs for you to be able to handle the mixture. It should not be too sticky. I added 5 tbsp.

Put some mixture in your hand, put a piece of cheese in the middle and "seal" well with some more mixture then roll into breadcrumbs.

cheesy heart

Put some oil in a pan over a source of heat and when it is very hot fry the balls until nice and golden. Turn them on both sides so they will cook evenly.

Serve warm.

Potato zucchini balls with a cheesy heart

cheesy heart

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17 Responses to Zucchini potato balls with a yummy cheesy heart!

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Yummy…great recipe…Love zucchini and mixed with the potatoes plus the cheese inside..then fried..oh my, so delicious just like an arancini but better….Thanks for sharing this one..I just printed it out…Have a great weekend. Hope that your sink gets fixed soon..it must be a pain, but you get to eat out more…
    Hugs…Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      The sinked was fixed today: Yay!! Back to normal again.
      Have a good weekend too Dottie. x

  2. uno spicchio di melone

    Che bontร  Alida, un cuore sublime avvolto da verdure…amo questi piatti, BRAVA!

    • Alida

      Adoro le verdure.. specialmente quelle fresche primaverili.

  3. La cucina di Molly

    Che meraviglia queste polpette di zucchine, sono molto invitanti e gustose, complimenti! Buon fine settimana, baci!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Molly un abbraccio!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think these would be perfect dipped in my homemade BBQ sauce ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I would totally serve these up at a party too.

    • Alida

      Yes they would be perfect as party food.

  5. gloria

    Im sure my daugther would love these cara, she loves zucchuini and me too :))

    • Alida

      This is really “child friendly” and they get to eat zucchini too.

    • Alida

      Come for lunch at mine one day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Silvia

    I love zucchini balls!! Bye SILVIA

  7. Louise

    These little balls of delight remind me of the potato croquettes my aunt use to make. (she made amazing rice balls too:) I remember frying them up with her and taking that first bite when the cheese would ooze. Oh my they were good!

    I love the twist of adding zucchini. I have a feeling they are delicious. I better save this recipe. My sister is coming to visit this Summer. She would LOVE these. Of course, so would I:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

  8. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Great recipe. I love the hidden cheese. And it is such a great dish to get extra veggies into the kids! xx

  9. Jim

    do you think these would work if I sprayed them with oil and oven baked them ? , I’m trying my best to not deep fry as much as I used to , they sound lovely

    • Alida

      Yes of course you can try that. They will definitely be lighter done like that.

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