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Irish Rusty Nuts

Updated on October 17, 2013


  • 6 medium Potatoes, Chopped
  • 6 Bacon, Cooked and Diced
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1 cup Jalapenos, Chopped
  • 1 small Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Breadcrumbs
  • 3 Cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Chipotle Mayo

Cooking Instructions

  1. Peel and cut up potatoes and add to boiling water until soft enough to mash. While potatoes are boiling, cook bacon slices until crispy. Once the potatoes are soft, add butter and milk to make mashed potatoes.
  2. Put mashed potatoes into a large bowl and stir in cooked, diced bacon, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and onion.
  3. Crack eggs into a separate bowl and stir up, spread breadcrumbs out onto a flat, clean surface.
  4. Roll the mashed potato mixture up into a small balls, about an inch and a half in diameter.
  5. Dip the rolled up ball into the egg and roll in the breadcrumb mixture until completely coated.
  6. Cook in oil at about 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Depending on the size of your pot, I usually only cook a few at a time, since they don't take long.
  7. Take out of oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  8. Enjoy Rusty Nuts with Ranch Dressing or Chipotle Mayonnaise.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 36 min
Yields: About 15 appetizers

A little spice and a whole lot of taste.

Rusty nuts are a favorite of mine, this picture shows how they will look after fried for a few minutes. The pepper jack cheese and jalapenos give just the right bit of spice. Serve as an appetizer or a side dish. They also go great with your favorite beer!

Irish Rusty Nuts

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      Leslie Ramos 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      If you try them, let me know how it turns out! They are definitely a favorite of mine!

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      Ari 4 years ago from Mid-west, Texas, Jersey, Florida, Mumbai, Hyderabad, & Pune

      Looks enticingly good, remarked "awesome".

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      Ted Gardner 4 years ago

      I had these once before at a restaurant and I was not sure what they called them and then I saw this recipe. I was excited to try this the other night with my Irish family and they loved it so I recommend this to all.