Golden deep fried balls of fluffy mashed potatoes, stuffed with tasty turkey. Finger food? Check. Kid friendly? Check. Can be made with leftovers? Check. Freezer meal? Check. Delicious and addictive? Check and check.
I rarely deep fry anything, but these potato and turkey croquettes most definitely can’t be baked, and let me tell you that they’re worth every extra calorie. The whole family loved them and kept asking for more. Bonus: they can be made completely out of leftovers (I used fresh turkey here but you can use cooked, chopped turkey instead). Extra bonus: You can freeze them and just pop a couple out to fry whenever you crave a sinful snack.
And if by any chance you have some leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas cranberry sauce, you could totally dip these into it. I will be here, envying you from the bottom of my gluttonous little heart because we don’t have cranberries over here and these croquettes would be really, really awesome with it.
½ pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
3 cups mashed potatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Seasoning of your choice (soy sauce/rosemary/thyme/leftover gravy, etc)
¾ cup all purpose flour
2 cups bread crumbs
Season mashed potatoes with salt and pepper then put it in the fridge. It’s much easier to shape it when it’s cold.
Sauté onions in one tablespoon of oil until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.
Add ground turkey, salt, pepper and seasoning of your choice. You can use any herb or sauce you like to flavour the turkey. If you use a sauce like gravy, just put enough to give flavour without making the mixture soggy.
Keep mixing and breaking up the meat until browned and cooked through.
Prepare your workstation; three bowls, one with flour, the second with egg and the third with breadcrumbs.
Dust your hands with flour and make a golf sized ball of mashed potato mixture. Flatten it into a circle and put a small amount of turkey in the middle. Don’t overfill. Carefully close it into a ball by pinching edges together.
Dip croquette into flour.
Then into egg.
Then roll in breadcrumbs.
Repeat the last two steps by dipping again into egg then breadcrumbs. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or freeze at this point if you want to keep for later.
Deep fry over medium high heat until golden brown.
Eat a hundred of them.