Leftover Mashed Potato Croquettes

This recipe was always a favorite of my children’s growing up. There are 2 versions here: the simple croquette and the “Nonna” style croquette, which is the more Italian version. I would make both and both were big hits!

Enjoy!

Simple Potato Croquette

Ingredients:

  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Flour
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Gradually add flour to potatoes until it starts to become a dough like texture
  2. Wet hands and begin to form that dough into long fat finger shapes
  3. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over high heat
  4. Once oil is hot, fry the croquettes until golden brown
  5. Flip them over and cook until the other side is golden brown as well
  6. Salt to taste

* these can be dipped in leftover tomato sauce for an extra wow!

“Nonna’s” Potato Croquette

Ingredients:

  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Eggs (1-2)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley
  • Bread crumbs
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  1. In a bowl mix mashed potatoes, some parmesan, a handful of parsley, and 1-2 eggs (enough to hold the mixture together without it falling apart)
  2. Form potato mixture into fat oval shapes
  3. In another bowl put breadcrumbs and roll those potato ovals in the breadcrumbs until covered
  4. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over high heat
  5. Once oil is hot, fry the croquettes until golden brown
  6. Flip them over and cook until the other side is golden brown as well
  7. Salt to taste

* these can be dipped in leftover tomato sauce for an extra wow!

 

A note on my “recipes”
Sharing my ideas for what to do with leftovers is easy but explaining the actual recipe is a bit harder. What I mean is that I cannot give exact amounts to add because the leftover amount will always be a little different for everyone. So most of these recipes require an ‘eyeballing’ of amounts. This is also how I cook–I do not usually measure anything. What I make rarely requires exact amounts of ingredients. That is why I don’t bake often!

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