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Leftover Mashed Potato Croquettes

Leftover mashed potatoes? Try making these tasty croquettes that reimagine a whole leftover meal.

Croquettes, or breaded dumplings, are a simple, family friendly way to repurpose a range of leftovers using ingredients that you likely already have.


2 cups leftover mashed potatoes - you can adjust the recipe based on how much you have and want to use
1 tbsp flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup (roughly) chopped up leftovers (about 1/2 inch) for filling, such as roasted vegetables and/or cooked meat or other proteins
2 eggs for dredging 
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt & pepper to taste
Oil for frying, or air frying - baking in the oven is also an option!


  • Place mashed potatoes, flour, egg yolks, and cheese in a bowl and mix until the texture is somewhat consistent.
  • Add roughly 1/2 cup of filling (chopped up ham and peas in photo below) and combine until all ingredients are thouroughly incorporated.
  • Prepare your breading station by beating 2 eggs in a shallow bowl, and mixing bread crumbs with salt and pepper in a large plate or another shallow bowl (add herbs and spices to the bread crumbs if you like).
  • Take 1-2 tablespoons of the potato mixture and using your hands, form into balls, flat discs, or ovals (pictured). Dust your hands with a little flour if you find them sticking.
  • Dredge each formed croquette into the beaten eggs until fully coated, then gently roll them in the bread crumbs.
  • Set finished croquettes aisde on a plate or baking tray.
  • Croquettes can be fried in a pan, an air fryer, or baked in the oven at 375F until golden brown.

    *Note that you can also seal the croquettes in a container or bag and freeze them for later use. 

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