|September 26, 2022


We can see a smile on your face when you see this recipe!

Now, can you imagine the reaction of your kids when you make this and show it to them or even any of your loved ones? It is truly remarkable!

Smiley Face Potatoes are best for brunch or evening snacks and are good enough to satiate your hunger growls too. This is an American recipe containing cheese, corn flour, and potatoes. It is easy to cook these homemade potato smiles as you can cook them in a few minutes.

Spice lovers also like adding garlic and oregano spice to homemade smiley fries to make them more aromatic and delicious. However, just a hint of Alcoeats red hot chili powder and salt is good enough to make a sumptuous treat for your young ones.

What are potato smiles?

Potato Smiles or smiley potatoes are tasty snack treats made from mashed potatoes that have been seasoned and molded into smiling faces to brighten up your day. You may be aware of McCain Foods which is considered the world's largest manufacturer of Potato smiles and frozen potato products. They are commonly known as McCain Smiles everywhere. 

When using McCain potato smiles, keep the flame on medium and stir occasionally while frying until golden brown. Finally, toss the smiley fries or smiley face potatoes with tomato sauce or eggless mayonnaise and serve.

But then you can even make your potato smiley faces at home. It’s not that difficult, and you don’t need expensive machines too! You can also eat your homemade smiley fries with tomato sauce or pair them with sweet chili sauce according to your taste preferences. Remember, you need to use a sharp knife to carve out those cheerful smiling lips and eyes on the flattened dough balls.

If you’re conscious of calories and oils in your food, you can bake the smiley face fries in an oven instead of deep-frying them. You can also use potato starch instead of corn flour to bring a particular flavor to the fries. You can even go all artistic and mold the dough balls into any shapes to make them look more amusing and tempting, like the smiley face French fries, for instance!

You can also have smiley fry with fresh curd, mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Smiley French fries are a great snack to carry on trips and picnics as well. The potato smileys get a deep golden hue when fried perfectly and look inviting. Try this recipe today to put a smile on the cute face of your kid.


Potato Smiles or smiley potatoes are tasty snack treats made from mashed potatoes that have been seasoned and molded into smiling faces to brighten up your day.

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How to make Homemade Potato Fries

  • Prep Time - 1 hr 
  • Cook Time - 15 mins  
  • Total Time - 1 hr 15 mins  
  • Course - Snack 
  • Cuisine - American


Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes and peel them.
  2. Grate the potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl.
  3. Add the grated cheese, Alcoeats Red Chili powder, salt, and corn flour.
  4. Mix thoroughly into a thick dough without adding water.
  5. Keep this in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Take the dough out, make small balls and flatten them.
  7. Carve two eyes and a mouth into each flattened dough piece with a sharp knife.
  8. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium flame.
  9. Fry the smiley flat dough pieces until they turn golden brown and crisp.
  10. Remove and drain excess oil.
  11. Your finger-licking smiley potato fries are ready!! Serve with tomato ketchup.

FAQs on Homemade Potato Smiles Recipe

What are Potato Smiles made of?

Potato Smileys are happy faces carved from fluffy mashed potato fried in sunflower oil for a delicious crunch.

How long do potato smiles take to cook?

Place a single layer of Potato smileys onto a baking tray (Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°C before this) and pop it into the top of the oven. Bake for around 12-15 minutes, flipping them now and again until they turn crisp and lightly golden.

Are McCain's smiles healthy?

McCain potato smiles are prepared from fresh potatoes, corn flour, edible vegetable oil, and iodized salt. They are loaded with energy, carbohydrates, and a little protein. If you need an instant snack to serve your guests, you can either deep fry or simply shallow fry since McCain smileys don’t absorb much oil either way!

Why Soak potatoes in ice water before cooking?

Soaking potatoes in cold/ice water helps remove the excess starch. Excess starch prevents potatoes from cooking evenly and also creates a gummy or sticky texture on the outside of your potatoes. Cold water is also used, as hot water reacts with the starch, thereby activating it and making it harder to separate from the potatoes.

Are potato smiles good for you?

Potato smileys are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol-free, so you can make these a delicious healthy side dish to any meal. And on top of it, smileys are very easy to make.

Should I salt the water when soaking potatoes?

Yes, because putting potatoes in a saltwater bath helps draw out some of their moisture, resulting in much crispier fries. Moisture is naturally found in potatoes, and is absorbed by higher concentrations of salt. (This is called osmosis).


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