Potato CroquettesMar 12 2012 by
St. Patrick’s day is coming up but no, I’m not going to do a recipe for corned beef and cabbage. Is that really authentic Irish food anyway? I don’t know but St. Patrick’s day does make me think of potatoes. One of my favorite ways to make potatoes is good old-fashioned mashed potatoes. They are simply delicious all whipped up and fluffy but mashed potatoes made into crunchy outside, creamy inside Potato Croquettes are over the top fantastic. Make sure to read all the way down to the Notes section for a “surprise inside” preparation option.
- 2 cups cooked mashed potatoes, chilled (having the potatoes cold makes forming them into balls and keeping their shape much easier)
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour or all purpose gluten free flour
- 1/4 cup extra firm tofu
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/2 cup Homemade Bread Crumbs (if you are using a different bread crumb that is unseasoned be sure to season accordingly and if you follow a gluten free diet be sure to use a gluten free breadcrumb)
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and process until all of the flour and tofu have been mixed in smoothly with the potatoes.
- Place the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish or plate.
- Take a spoonful of the potato mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands. I make mine golf ball sized but you can make them any size you like.
- Roll the ball into the breadcrumbs to completely coat. Place the ball onto a sheet of waxed paper. I like to shape the ball at this point to an oblong shape by pressing in the sides. Repeat the procedure with the remaining potato mixture.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
- Brown the croquettes on all sides. Don’t rush them. Let all the sides get good and crispy.
- Serve while hot.
Makes approximately 16 croquettes.
Serving size 4 croquettes.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 323, Cal. from Fat: 143, Total Fat: 16g, Sat. Fat: 1.5g, Carbs: 41g, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 6g, Sodium: 873mg, Chol: 0mg
It’s best to only make the amount that will be eaten right away as the croquettes do not save well.
For a fun twist, try taking a piece of leftover bean or veggie burger and rolling the potato mixture around it before coating in the breadcrumbs and frying.