Easy Mashed Potato Croquettes

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Mashed Potato Croquettes are the stuff from which dreams are made. Soft, warm, comforting and the perfect way to use leftover mashed potatoes.

These potato croquettes prove that leftovers can be better than the original dish!

Plate of mashed potato croquettes with sour cream and chves.
These mashed potato croquettes are one of our many easy leftover recipes!


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What are these?

If you have ever asked, “What is a croquette?” you’re not alone. A croquette is nothing more than a main ingredient that is rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried or baked.

I saw this mashed potato croquettes Recipe in Bon Appétit a few weeks ago. Like most recipes that capture me, this one lived up to my expectations.

Every. Single. Morsel.

A croquette split open with stringy cheese.

These potato croquettes are warm, soft, and pillowy on the inside with a light, crunchy texture on the outside.

Croquettes are a delicious use of leftover foods.

Make Croquettes from these Leftover Foods!

  • Chicken
  • Vegetables
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Ham
  • Fish
  • Cheese and
  • Mashed Potatoes

What’s in these?

If making too many mashed potatoes is a crime, then I plead guilty. Over and over.

There are few greater sins than running out of mashed potatoes, especially on holidays like Thanksgiving, IMHO.

Plus, with the cheap price of potatoes, you can feel good about making too many mashed potatoes without wasting a lot of time or money.

But there’s another and more tasty reason for making too many mashed potatoes: Potato croquettes!

A bowl of mashed potatoes, cheese, and other ingredients for croquettes.
For this croquettes recipe, we use a big batch of leftover mashed potatoes.

Potato croquettes make great party appetizers. But in the middle of these croquettes, the authentic mashed potatoes, chives, and Parmesan cheese have their own little party.

Mashed Potatoes: Use leftovers or made some just for these croquettes. All you need is 2 cups for this recipe.

Eggs: You’ll use just the egg yolks for this croquette recipe. They help to hold the ingredients together. Use large eggs and it’s always best to use them at room temperature for more even cooking. Or frying in this case. Here’s a great way for how to quickly get eggs to room temperature.

Breadcrumbs: You’re going to coat the croquettes in these, just before frying. You’ll want to use fine breadcrumbs and I like to use the Italian seasoned ones. Scott shows you how to make breadcrumbs from leftover dinner rolls. It’s super easy!

Cheese: You can use any kind of cheese you want for these potato croquettes. Just make sure it’s shredded or grated.

Pro Kitchen Tip Always shred or grate your cheese from a block of cheese instead of buying already shredded. The pre-shredded cheese has potato starch and other fillers to help stabilize it. This prevents it from melting completely and also affects the tast!

We use chives in this potato croquette recipe but you can use other yummy filling ingredients like:

  • Bacon, chopped.
  • Ham, chopped.
  • Goat cheese
  • Onion, minced and cooked.
  • Jalapeño peppers, chopped.

How to make them

These potato croquettes could not be any easier to put together.

Making croquettes using mashed potatoes.

1. Start by mixing mashed potatoes, egg yolks, chives, and a little flour.

2. Roll the croquettes into golf-ball-size portions.

3. Dredge them in an egg wash and then roll the croquettes in bread crumbs.

4. Bake them in the oven for about 12 minutes or fry them in a skillet of hot oil for about 3 minutes.

A plate of potato croquettes with sour cream.
Croquettes are great party appetizers

What to serve with these?

Traditionally, potato croquettes are served with some type of sauce. We like this garlic aioli dipping sauce from Becky over at The Cookie Rookie.

To keep it simple, you can also just use a little sour cream. Add some chopped chives if you like and maybe add a little paprika for added color and taste1

This croquette recipe will live up to your expectations, and beyond

Easy to make and delicious use of leftovers, the taste, and texture of these potato croquettes is the stuff that dreams are made of!

Dabbed in a little sour cream with some additional chives on the side, you have a bona fide party appetizer or side dish. You’re welcome. 

Common recipe questions

How do you make gluten-free potato croquettes?

Simply use gluten-free flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs when making these.

How do you store leftover potato croquettes?

Store any leftover croquettes in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. They will stay good for 3 to 5 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in a hot oven (350°) for 10 minutes. Or, you can reheat them in an air fryer for 4 or 5 minutes.

Dan from Platter Talk standing in the kitchen.

Be sure and try our Crispy Potatoes Recipe. I love to make them with duck fat and I show you how to make them in the air fryer or regular oven!

Not crazy about potatoes or looking for a similar way to put some corn to good use? Try these deep-fried corn nuggets. Featuring a combination of savory cheese, cream, and corn, this truly is the ultimate recipe! (Bonus, this recipe even has a vegan corn nuggets version.)

See all of our delicious Easy Appetizer Ideas!

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Easy Potato Croquettes

4.60 from 79 votes
This mashed potato croquette recipe is a fast and easy leftover recipe that you will want to make over and over again! Recipe from Bon Appétit
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Yield: 12


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs, Italian flavored if you can find.
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • Sour cream, optional


  • In large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, chives, egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, and flour.
  • Mix thoroughly and roll into golf ball size portions.
  • In small bowl beat 2 eggs.
  • Place bread crumbs in another small bowl.
  • Dredge croquettes in egg and then bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat, using 10″ skillet.
  • Working in batches, place croquettes in hot oil, using teaspoon to turn and brown evenly.
  • Remove portions from oil when golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Allow to drain on brown paper bag.
  • Serve warm with optional sour cream and additional chives.

Baking Option

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place the potato croquettes on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.



Tips for Making Croquettes
  • Croquettes can be shaped in round balls, oval balls, or even like small pancakes.
  • If you don’t want to fry these,  you can bake these croquettes at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • For added flavor, add a little salt and pepper to the eggs and maybe some smoked paprika.


Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 151mg, Potassium: 146mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 8.1mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Updated from the original post from December 3, 2015

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    1. That’s so awesome to hear! Thanks for the nice feedback, Amy and we are happy you enjoyed this croquette recipe!

  1. 5 stars
    This will be a great one for family dinners. We love potatoes in any form and this has to top the list. Love the beautiful brown crust with cheesy inside.

  2. 5 stars
    Your croquettes look absolutely perfect, Dan! I haven’t made them in a while and it’s a perfect dish to make with leftover mashed potatoes. I have to make these!

  3. 5 stars
    My boys will love this. It’s crispy and super delicious. I must give this a try. I love how you used italian herbed bread crumbs.

  4. 5 stars
    THIS is what I need right now!! Mashed potatoes are my favourite part of Thanksgiving.So this would be right up my alley!

  5. 5 stars
    We simply love potatoes in any form. But the way you present them — as croquettes– is simply superb. This dish would make an excellent side with any other protein. Will be making them for Hubby. He loves his potatoes too.

  6. 5 stars
    I love mashed potato croquettes so much. There is a burger place here that has these on the menu and my kids always feast on it. Looks so good.