Leftover Croquettes6

Leftover Croquettes7

With the Thanksgiving holiday being over and my family having hosted, we were left with containers of leftovers. We definitely did not want to eat the same meal again, still being full from our Thanksgiving dinner. And although a go-to staple, we were not craving any leftover sandwiches. So what were we to do?? As we had plenty of mashed potatoes left over, I decided why not make croquettes! The end result was a creamy, cheesy, fried mashed potato disc filled with all of our Thanksgiving favorites. This was definitely a tasty way to reuse all of the leftovers. Try yours today!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Makes 10-16 croquettes


Leftover mashed potatoes

½ cup of diced, cooked, leftover ham or ½ cup of diced, leftover turkey (I used both)

½ cup to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese or smoked gouda; amount will depend on how much leftover mashed potatoes you have

1 egg

Kosher salt


Black pepper

Flour for coating

Canola or vegetable oil for frying


  • In a shallow bowl, add 1 and ½ cups of flour and then season with the salt, pepper, and paprika
  • In a large bowl, add the mashed potatoes, ham, turkey, cheese, and the egg. Season with the salt, pepper and paprika and combine well. If you have any other leftovers such as stuffing, feel free to add it to the mixture
  • Coat your hands with some of the flour so the mixture will not stick to them and form the mixture into small discs about ½ inch thick. Coat the discs with the flour and carefully stack until the entire croquette mixture has been used
  • Add ¼-1/2 cup of oil to a non-stick skillet, Dutch oven, or frying pan and heat over a medium flame
  • Fry the croquettes until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes
  • Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool
  • Serve and enjoy

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