Mashed Potato & Lentil Gems with a Creamy Chive Dressing (GF DF)

Potatoes are a staple of the failsafe diet. You can easily get tired of the same old dishes when it comes to potatoes… mainly mashed or roasted. I tried to make potato balls with left over Thermomix Mashed potato, but unfortunately the recipe for mash in the Thermomix makes it too sloppy for this. When I tried to make them again, I steamed the potato in the Varoma then put it into the bowl to whip with the butterfly. This gave a much better textured mash to roll.

This recipe can easily be made without a Thermomix, just combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. You can also easily leave out the lentils and chives in the potato mixture for the fussy ones in the house, I still have one; teenage years haven’t changed that!

After my first failed attempt at making the balls by not realising that it was due to sloppy mash, I started googling what they needed in them to help hold their shape better. I came across this amazing recipe from Blissful Basil that took the humble potato ball to the next level and made it fancy like. I loved the addition of lentils. This recipe is unfortunately not suitable for failsafe, I have adapted it to be Failsafe and Thermomix friendly.

Mashed Potato & lentil Gems with a Creamy Chive Dressing (GF DF)

There are 3 ways to cook these, as balls in the oven or air fryer, or in muffin tins, all of which make great finger food for a party or as a side dish to your favourite meal.

Above: Mashed Potato & Lentil Gems cooked in muffin pans with breadcrumbs on top and baked. Garnished with the Creamy Chive Dressing and fresh chives.

Mashed Potato & lentil Gems with a Creamy Chive Dressing (GF DF)

Mashed Potato & lentil Gems with a Creamy Chive Dressing (GF DF)

Potato gems with 3 versions. Plain potato balls for the fussy loved ones in our lives, with lentils and chives for a healthier option or cooked in muffin pans for a snack. GF, DF, Vegetarian.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Entertaining, Side Dish
Servings 20 balls approx.


Potato Gems

  • 500 g cold mashed potato
  • 1 tin lentils, drained & rinsed (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried or fresh chives (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 25 g quinoa or besan flour
  • 200 g GF breadcrumbs
  • 50 g chips / crisps, crushed

Creamy Chive Dressing

  • 80 g cashews
  • 130 g water
  • 10 g fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ tsp citric acid
  • ½ tsp salt


Potato Gems

  • Place mashed potato, lentils, egg, garlic, chives, salt and flour into Thermomix bowl. Mix for 20 seconds on speed 3 to combine.
  • Stir the crushed chips and GF breadcrumbs together. (See tips)
  • Using two dessert spoons, take spoonful’s of the mashed potato mixture and form into rough ball.
  • Toss into the breadcrumbs to coat and continue to form into a ball. Place onto a tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

3 different ways to cook:

  • Oven. Lightly spray with spray oil and cook in the oven for approx. 25 – 30 minutes at 200 deg or until lightly golden and crunchie on the outside.
  • Air Fryer. Lightly spray with spray oil and place into Air fryer and cook 200 deg for 7 minutes, turn and cook for another 5 or until lightly browned.
  • Oven in muffin trays. Lightly grease a muffin tray and spoon mixture into each muffin hole. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes until breadcrumbs are lightly browned. Allow to cool for approx. 15 mins before moving from tray.

Creamy Chive Dressing

  • Place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl. Blend for 30 seconds on speed 9.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

To Serve

  • Serve the potato gems with the creamy drive dressing either poured lightly over the top to garnish or in little bowls for dipping into. Enjoy as a side to your favourite meal.


* If making your own breadcrumbs, use frozen GF bread, broken up, place into the Thermomix bowl with the chips and crush for 10 seconds on speed 8 or until desired consistency is reached. You can use normal bread if not needing to be GF.
* Just be aware that cashew limits may apply if you are very sensitive, although the latest Friendly food charts do not list that the 15 cashew limits any more.
* For the mash, I steamed the potato in the Varoma. 800g – 1kg peeled potato, cut into small 2cm cubes. 500g water in the bowl. 25-30 min/Varoma/speed 1. The Thermomix mash potato recipe is too sloppy to make balls with. Once steamed, added to the bowl with butterfly in place, 30 g nuttelex and 30 g oat milk / water. Whisk for 30 seconds speed 4.
*You could also serve the gems with Pear Ketchup or Failsafe BBQ sauce.
Keyword Dairy Free, Entertaining, Failsafe, Gluten Free, Potato, Thermomix, Vegetarian





  1. These sound great. I’m wondering if you could suggest a healthier alternative to substitute for the crisps?

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