Peel the potatoes and cut into small pieces. Put them in a heat-proof vessel and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Finely mince the imitation crab. Roughly dice the cheese.
Transfer the potatoes into a mixing bowl and mash them. Add in the ● ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Form the mixture into bite-sized balls. Lightly coat with butter and line up on a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Create a small dent on the top of each ball by pressing it with your finger, and add a dollop of mayonnaise to the indent.
Before baking, the balls should look like this.
Put in the toaster oven to cook until the outside is well browned. (About 7 minutes)
When they are cool enough to handle, transfer the potato balls onto a plate. (If you move them too quickly, while they are still very hot, they will loose their shape). Garnish with powdered cheese or parsley.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is a very cute dish. At home I make these with a big batch of potatoes, and whatever I have handy in the refrigerator.
The potato balls can come out looking like breasts if you aren't careful, so be creative with how you apply the mayonnaise. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy in texture for the best result. If you are making these for a snack with alcohol, you might add black pepper, or perhaps soup stock granules to the potatoes.