Potato Croquettes


It's worth setting aside some mashed potatoes just to make these potato croquettes the next day. This finger food is a crowd pleaser and makes an ideal hors d'oeuvres for entertaining or a fun side dish. All it takes is dressing up mashed potatoes with some chopped parsley before shaping the mixture into logs and then breading and frying to golden perfection. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley before serving and maybe even a dusting of grated parmesan or manchego cheese for a special touch.


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs

  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, stir together mashed potatoes and parsley; season with salt and pepper. In a shallow bowl, place flour; season with salt and pepper. In another shallow bowl, whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water. In a third shallow bowl, place 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs.

  2. Form potato mixture into 3/4-by-2-inch logs. Roll in flour, shaking off excess, dip in egg wash, then roll in breadcrumbs to coat. In a heavy medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 inches vegetable oil over medium-high until hot. In batches, fry croquettes until golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per batch, turing as needed. Drain on paper towels.

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