Potato Croquettes from Leftover Mashed Potatoes

potato croquette

Potato Croquette

Croquettes are one of those things you can make to use up small amounts of leftovers and turn them into something with a different texture so it doesn’t seem like you’re eating leftovers. I made potato croquettes with our leftover mashed potatoes today.  They were great with some leftover gravy, although my daughter preferred hers with ketchup.

They’re a bit like homemade Tater Tots.

The measurements don’t have to be precise so don’t worry if you have a bit more or less than 2 cups of mashed potatoes.  I also used leftover egg yolks this time rather than whole eggs. We had decorated gingerbread houses on Saturday so I had lots of leftover yolks from making icing with the whites.

Potato Croquettes

These are a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • flour
  • bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup oil

Whisk one of the eggs in a small bowl, then add the mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. Flour your hands a little and shape the potato mix into balls or tubes of whatever size you like. I usually do them on the large side, so make about 8-10. Put the balls on a pan lined with wax paper and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Whisk together the second egg in a small bowl. Set out another small bowl of flour and another of bread crumbs. You can use seasoned bread crumbs or panko if you'd like.

Dip the potato balls into flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, covering all sides and set them onto a clean sheet of wax paper.

Heat about 1/2 cup of neutral oil (canola, safflower, etc.) in a frying pan.

Brown each croquette on all sides until crispy, then drain on paper towels.

potato croquette aka homemade tater tots

Potato Croquette

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