Swenson’s Potato Teezers Copycat Recipe

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swensons copycat potato teasers

Hey there, Hungry People!

Today, I want to share with you my exciting culinary adventure as I attempted to recreate the iconic potato teezers from Swensons. These crispy bites of deliciousness are the perfect accompaniment to their famous Galley Boy burger, and I couldn’t resist the challenge of making them myself.

swensons drive in sign

With the original Swensons a mere few steps from my home, I had to do some investigative blogging and get the real deal for myself so I could truly match the flavors note for note. I knew these teezers would be the hardest part, so I spent several minutes munching on the teezers trying to get them figured out.

swensons teezers

This is what it looks like fresh from the drive-in! While I may not have recreated the teezers exactly as you can buy them from the drive-in, I think I hit it pretty close when it came to flavor, so that’s really all that matters!

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Mashed potatoes: The base of the teezers, providing a creamy and flavorful texture.
  • Flour: Helps bind the mashed potatoes and other ingredients together, forming a thick dough.
  • Velveeta cheese: Melts and adds a rich, cheesy flavor to the teezers.
  • Jalapenos: Diced and mixed into the dough, they add a spicy kick and flavor.
  • Panko: Coats the teezers, creating a crispy and golden brown exterior when fried.
  • Vegetable oil: Used for frying the teezers, achieving a crispy and delicious result.
  • Salt and pepper: Seasonings to enhance the overall taste and flavor profile of the teezers.
ingredients for potato teasers

Now, let’s dive into the process of recreating these mouthwatering treats. To make things a bit easier, I decided to take a shortcut when it came to the mashed potatoes. Instead of making them from scratch and waiting for them to cool overnight, I opted for a convenient prepackaged version.

And let me tell you, it worked like a charm!

Plus, it only set me back around $3, making this recipe budget-friendly.

mixed ingredients for teezers

To start, I melted some cheese and mixed it into the mashed potatoes, along with a bit of flour. This helped bind everything together and gave the teezers their irresistibly cheesy goodness. To add a touch of heat and flavor, I tossed in some diced jalapeños. After thoroughly mixing everything, it was time to shape the dough.

ingredients with jalapeno

Using a tablespoon as a handy measurement guide, I scooped out spoonfuls of the mixture and rolled them into balls. To achieve that signature golden, crispy exterior, I coated each dough ball in panko breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs not only added a delightful crunch but also helped create that authentic Swensons texture.

Now for the moment of truth—the deep-frying! I carefully dropped the coated dough balls into hot oil and let them sizzle away for about 3-4 minutes. It’s essential to keep an eye on them and remove them from the fryer once they turn beautifully golden brown and achieve that perfect crispiness.

ust like Swensons, I served the potato teezers straight from the fryer, piping hot and ready to be devoured. And of course, no Swensons experience is complete without a side of ranch dressing for dipping—stay true to tradition, right?

Helpful Hints & Tips

  • Consistency of the dough: When adding flour to the mashed potatoes and cheese mixture, do it gradually. The goal is to achieve a thick dough that holds its shape when fried. If the dough feels too soft, add a bit more flour until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Oil temperature: Maintaining the correct oil temperature is crucial for achieving crispy teezers. Use a deep-fry thermometer to ensure the oil is at 400°F before frying. If the temperature is too low, the teezers may absorb more oil and become greasy. If it’s too high, they may brown too quickly on the outside without cooking properly inside.
  • Frying in batches: It’s essential not to overcrowd the fryer. Fry the teezers in batches of 5-6 to avoid temperature fluctuations and ensure they cook evenly. Overcrowding the fryer can result in uneven browning and lower the oil temperature.
  • Draining excess oil: After frying, place the cooked teezers on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. This will help them stay crisp and prevent them from becoming greasy.
  • Adjust seasoning: Taste-test the teezers before serving and adjust the seasoning if needed. If you find them lacking in flavor, you can sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper over them while they are still hot.
  • Dipping sauce options: While the recipe suggests ranch dressing, feel free to explore other dipping sauce options such as spicy mayo, chipotle sauce, or even a tangy barbecue sauce. Find a dip that complements the flavors and adds an extra kick to your teezers.
fried potato teezers

While I must admit that my homemade version may not be an exact replica of the Swensons potato teezers you can buy at the drive-in, I can confidently say that the flavors are pretty darn close. And let’s be honest, when it comes to satisfying our taste buds, that’s what really matters, isn’t it?

So, go ahead, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turns out for you. I hope it brings a little taste of Swensons to your kitchen and leaves you craving more of those delectable potato teezers.

Until next time, keep cooking, my fellow Hungry People!

pinterest potato teezers

Swenson’s Potato Teezers Copycat Recipe

The Starving Chef
Crispy triangles of mashed potatoes, jalapenos, and cheese, deep-fried to perfection and served with a side of ranch dressing.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Batch Fry 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Copycat Recipes
Cuisine American, Finger Food
Servings 24 poppers



  • Preheat the deep fryer to 400°F. In a small bowl, melt the block of Velveeta cheese until just chunky.
  • In a larger bowl, combine the melted Velveeta cheese with the mashed potatoes. Add the diced jalapenos and stir well to combine.
  • Gradually add the flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until a thick dough forms. Use a tablespoon to measure rounded spoonfuls of the dough. Place each spoonful in a small bowl filled with panko. Thoroughly coat each ball with panko and shape them into small elongated triangles.
  • Drop batches of 5-6 teezers into the preheated fryer and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the teezers are golden brown.
  • Remove the teezers from the fryer and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Season the teezers with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the potato teezers alongside a cup of ranch dressing and a homemade Galley Boy for the full 'Swensons at home' experience. Enjoy!
Keyword copycat, deep fried, potatoes
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