Potato Croquettes

The best part about the Thanksgiving meal is doing fun, delicious things with all of those leftovers! I had a small tupperware full of mashed potatoes left from the meal yesterday that I wanted to transform. So I decided to turn them into the most incredible potato croquettes. They came together so quickly and easily since the potatoes were already cooked and chilled.

The mixture for the potato croquettes was super simple. I stirred my leftover mashed potatoes with cheddar, milk, flour, smoked paprika, rosemary, dried onion and an egg yolk until it was smooth.
The mixture for the potato croquettes was super simple. I stirred my leftover mashed potatoes with cheddar, milk, flour, smoked paprika, rosemary, dried onion and an egg yolk until it was smooth. It was such a luscious, flavorful mixture!
Then I formed that mixture into 8 little croquette cylinders. I dipped each of the potato croquettes in a beaten egg before coating them in breadcrumbs to finish forming them.
Then I formed that mixture into 8 little croquettes by forming them into cute little cylinders. I dipped each of the potato croquettes in a beaten egg before coating them in breadcrumbs to finish forming them.
I pan fried the potato croquettes in about 2 inches of vegetable oil that was nice and hot. They needed to cook for 2 minutes or so on each side to get gorgeously crispy and brown.
I pan fried the croquettes in about 2 inches of vegetable oil that was nice and hot. They needed to cook for about 2 minutes on each side to become gorgeously crispy and brown. I fried them in two batches of four so that the pan wasn’t over crowded. When they were done, I transferred them to a plate lined with paper towel to help drain the grease.

After all 8 of the potato croquettes cooked and cooled for a couple of minutes, I served them immediately! Oh my goodness, they made ordinary leftover mashed potatoes extraordinary. There was loads of flavor and just enough heat from the smoked paprika. The best part was biting through that crispy exterior and getting to the fluffy goodness within. My hubby went absolutely nuts for them. Enjoy transforming your Thanksgiving leftovers my friends! xo

Potato Croquettes
Potato Croquettes
5 from 2 votes
Potato Croquettes
Potato Croquettes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

These potato croquettes are the most incredible way to use up leftover mashed potatoes! The exterior is gorgeously crispy with a fluffy, luscious interior.

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Potato Croquettes, Potatoes
Servings: 8 croquettes
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 2/3 cups leftover mashed potatoes chilled in the refrigerator overnight
  • 1/3 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 whole egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg lightly beaten, for breading
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil as needed for pan frying
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the leftover mashed potatoes, cheese, milk, flour, rosemary, dried onion, paprika, salt and the egg yolk in a bowl. Stir it together well until it becomes smooth and uniform. Use a large ice cream scoop to scoop out uniform portions of the batter and form them into croquettes. You should get 8. Have the lightly beaten whole egg set up in a bowl and the breadcrumbs set up in another bowl.
  2. Dip each croquette in the egg before coating it in the breadcrumbs, then set them on a small platter once they're breaded. Take a large skillet and fill it with about 2 inches of vegetable oil. Heat it up over medium high heat. It will shimmer and start to bubble a little when it's hot enough. Pan fry the croquettes in two batches of four so that the pan doesn't get over crowded. They need to cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side to get golden brown and crispy. Remove them to a plate lined with paper towel to blot them and repeat with the second batch. Once they are all done, serve them immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Potato Croquettes
Amount Per Serving (1 croquette)
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Saturated Fat 2.2g14%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 10.6g4%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 2.9g6%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Potato Croquettes
Potato Croquettes

10 thoughts on “Potato Croquettes”

  1. My husband loves potato croquets! Your recipe is so simple and creative! I love cheese, so I try to add it everywhere. The cheese curds in the middle make them especially tasty 🙂

  2. My grandmother used to make potato croquettes. I never got the recipe from her. These look just like hers! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Omg these are my fave! My mom used to make these for me and I have yet to learn how to make them. I’m so excited I bumped into this post. She’ll love that I’m making it for her for once 🙂

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