Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 360 grams (12.5 ounces) cottage cheese (5%)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 140 grams (5 ounces) flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls

    Use different sizes for convenience. Make sure they are deep enough to prevent splatter.

  • Hand Mixer or Whisk

    This will help you achieve a smooth mixture of cottage cheese and eggs.

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

    Accuracy is key to perfect pastry. Always level off for best results.

  • Frying Pan

    Choose a thick-bottomed pan for even heat distribution. A deep one is preferable to reduce oil splashing.

  • Paper Towels

    Essential for absorbing excess oil from the fried balls, keeping them crispy.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the Dough

Mix cottage cheese with eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, and a pinch of salt until smooth.
Combine flour with baking powder and add to the mixture.

Step 2

Form and Fry

Shape the dough into small balls, as they will double in size during frying.
Place the balls into well-heated vegetable oil and fry until golden brown.

Step 3

Finishing Touches

Transfer the fried balls onto a paper towel to remove excess oil.
Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings. My favorite is mashed raspberries with sugar and sour cream.

Step 4

Optional Healthy Version

For a healthier version, use a sweetener or Jerusalem artichoke syrup instead of sugar, gluten-free flour, and bake in the oven at 180°C (350°F).

Servings

When it comes to presenting your culinary masterpiece, the sky’s the limit! Here are some serving suggestions and ideas that will make these cottage cheese balls the star of any occasion.

Classic Combo with Sour Cream and Berries: Serve your cottage cheese balls with a dollop of sour cream and a handful of fresh raspberries or strawberries. This not only adds a burst of color but a refreshing contrast to the crispy balls. 🥄🍓

Honey Drizzle Delight: For a sweeter touch, drizzle some organic honey over the top. Pair with a hot beverage like tea or coffee, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon treat. 🍯☕

Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as almonds or walnuts on top. This adds an extra layer of texture and makes your dish look even more gourmet. 🌰✨

Picnic Perfect: Put these balls in a basket lined with a cute napkin, and you’ll have an Instagram-worthy picnic spread. Pair with lemonade or iced tea for a refreshing drink option. 🍋🧺

Variations

Dietary requirements shouldn’t keep you from enjoying these delightful cottage cheese balls. Here are some **gluten-free** and **vegan variations** to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Gluten-Free Version: Swap out regular flour for a gluten-free alternative such as almond flour or a gluten-free baking mix. Make sure your baking powder is also gluten-free. These small tweaks will make the recipe suitable for those with gluten intolerance.

Vegan Version: Replace cottage cheese with a plant-based cheese made from nuts or tofu. Use flaxseed meal mixed with water as a binder instead of eggs. Adjust other ingredients to ensure they are vegan-friendly, like opting for agave syrup instead of sugar. 🌱

Faq

  • Why does my dough feel too sticky?

    If your dough is too sticky, try adding a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a manageable consistency. Make sure to mix well between additions.

  • How can I tell when the oil is hot enough for frying?

    Sprinkle a small amount of flour into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface, the oil is ready. Alternatively, use a thermometer and aim for a temperature of 180°C (350°F).

  • How can I ensure the balls cook evenly?

    Maintain a consistent oil temperature and avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry in small batches if necessary. Turn the balls occasionally for uniform browning.

  • Can I make these balls ahead of time?

    Yes, you can make the dough balls and refrigerate them for up to a day before frying. Just make sure they're covered well to prevent drying out.

  • How do I store leftovers?

    Store any leftover cottage cheese balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat them in the oven to restore their crispiness.

  • Can I freeze the dough?

    Absolutely! You can freeze the raw dough balls on a baking sheet and then transfer them to a freezer bag once frozen. Fry them directly from frozen; just allow a couple of extra minutes for frying.

Nutrition facts

Delicious Cottage Cheese Balls
Recipe Yield:4 servings
Calories:Calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):280 - 320
Total Fat:12g
Saturated Fat:6g
Protein:12g
Total Carbohydrate:33g
Total Sugars:8g