Easy Mashed Potato and Ham Patties (Croquettes)

Mashed potato and ham patties

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Total: 24 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 3g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you don't have a lot of time, these quick and easy ham and potato patties is an excellent option. The simple potato and chopped ham mixture is coated with flour or breadcrumbs and fried to perfection. 

It's a good way to use leftover mashed potatoes and ham, or make these with corned beef or finely chopped pork or beef.


  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour or fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl, combine the chopped ham with mashed potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper.

  2. Form mixture into 1/2-inch patties (or croquettes) about 3 inches in diameter.

  3. Dip patties in flour or breadcrumbs, coating both sides.

  4. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. Fry patties for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until hot and lightly browned.


  • Use leftover cold mashed potatoes or chill freshly made mashed potatoes before shaping.
  • These little croquettes lend themselves to all kinds of variations. Add leftover chopped broccoli or other vegetables to the potato and ham mixture. 
  • Serve the patties with a seasoned white sauce or cheese sauce.