Turkey and Mashed Potato Croquettes

Turkey and mashed potato croquettes

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Total: 38 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
981 Calories
35g Fat
61g Carbs
101g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 981
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 315mg 105%
Sodium 1477mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 101g
Calcium 256mg 20%
*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.)

Make these turkey croquettes for a post-holiday meal or make smaller ones and serve as appetizers. Freeze these croquettes before breading, then complete with coating ingredients and instructions after thawing. These are delicious served with leftover or store-bought gravy and cranberry sauce.


  • For the Croquette:
  • 2 cups turkey meat (finely minced)
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (seasoned)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 scallions (with a few inches of green, thinly sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • For the Coating:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (finely ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for turkey and mashed potato croquettes
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  2. Combine the turkey, mashed potatoes, parsley, and black pepper.

    Turkey and mashed potato
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  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add green onions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the flour and stir until well blended.

    Melt butter
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  4. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add salt, to taste.

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  5. Combine with the turkey mixture, blending well. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 to 2 hours.

    Mix in bowl
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  6. Put the 1/2 cup of flour on a plate. Beat eggs in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Put the finely ground bread crumbs in another bowl.

    Breading station
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  7. Shape croquette mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (a little smaller if you're making appetizers).

    Turkey and mashed potato balls
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  8. Roll gently in the flour to coat, then in the egg until coated. Coat with the breadcrumbs. Place on a waxed paper or foil-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining turkey mixture and crumbs.

    Roll onto tray
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  9. Let the croquettes stand for about 30 to 45 minutes to dry a bit.

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  10. Heat oil to about 360 F. Fry the croquettes in small batches for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, depending on size, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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  11. Serve with hot turkey gravy and cranberry sauce as part of a post-holiday meal or as appetizers for guests.

    Turkey and mashed potato croquettes
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