Thanksgiving is long gone up here in Canada but just around the corner in the US. Today we have for you Thanksgiving Leftovers. I can say I love leftovers but only once do I really enjoy the exact same meal again. Then what? You have all that leftover veggie, potato, cranberries and turkey. Well today we are here to help with Cheesy Mashed Potato Croquettes!
I went with the leftover mashed potatoes and created them into something a little naughty but oh so lovely!! If you had one or two of these with some grilled fish and a salad the thoughts of Thanksgiving dinner will be long forgotten. Not that it wasn’t fabulous to start off with but I really need a change by the third night of leftovers. Don’t you?
These are a little persnickety I will admit. Not for the faint of heart. You have to have leftover mashed potatoes or potatoes that are well chilled. They will turn out different depending on your mashed potatoes. Mine were very light and fluffy and they did have sour cream in them like when you have made a make ahead mashed potato casserole.
You want your oil hot of course but not too hot that the outside will burn and the cheese won’t melt in the middle. I wouldn’t go right into serving them for a dinner party if I had never made them before. I made a batch and they turned out great. Ken made a batch later in the night and had difficulty with getting them just right. Like I said they are persnickety but so worth it once you perfect the right technique.
To help you form them I use wax paper.
Place oblong mounds of mashed potato and shape to 4-4 1/2″ long on wax paper, place a strip of cheese that is 2 1/2″ long by 1/2″ into the center. Using the wax paper roll up and make sure the potato is covering all the cheese evenly. You could add a little flour to your mashed potatoes to make a dough but I just used straight mashed.
For leftover recipes, you can be completely specific or go with how much you have on hand. If I give you a recipe for 3 cups of mashed potatoes and you have 4 then what do you do with the extra cup. This way you can make as many as you want. Simple right?
They are crispy and salty on the outside and so creamy and cheesy on the inside, a real treat.
- Mashed potatoes, with added flour if needed, 2 Tbsp. for 3-4 cups mashed
- Cheddar cheese cut into 2½ by ½" pieces
- Eggs, beaten
- Panko bread crumbs
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic Salt
- Oil for frying (I used Canola)
- Mix in flour if desired. You may need it for looser potatoes. Place a long piece of wax paper on the counter and form oblong mounds of mashed potato. Shape them into 4½" long mounds and flatten slightly. Place the cheese in the center of the mound. Using the wax paper to roll, make them into logs. Continue with the potatoes until you have enough made and you have used up your leftover mashed potatoes. You can also make these into little balls. Would be easier to work with if you have never made them before. Refrigerate for 30 min. (very important step)
- Heat oil in a wok. Add 2-3 eggs into a rectangle dish and whisk. Add the panko crumbs into another, season with garlic salt and salt and pepper. Start off with smaller amounts you can always add more eggs or panko crumbs as needed. Once potatoes have been refrigerated carefully roll them in the eggs and then the panko crumbs. Fry until golden brown in the hot oil. Make sure the oil is not too hot. You want them to turn golden brown slowly, if they are done too quickly the cheese won't melt. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and season with salt. Keep warm in the oven on low as you make more.
- You can fry two at a time but start to brown one first and then add the other so they won't stick together.
Look at all the wonderful recipes we have for you today with leftovers!! Come and see them all!!
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