Potatoes, potatoes and more potatoes….let’s all be honest , it has to be one of people’s favorite things to eat in one form or another! There are so many ways to eat a potato; french fries, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, new potatoes, potato salad, Gratin Potatoes, chips and the list goes on! Well if you didn’t already have a zillion ways to prepare yours at home, here’s another one. These were what came of a way to use up the leftover mashed potatoes from our Thanksgiving dinner. It’s kinda all about leftovers this week on the blog. But I hate to see good food go to waste and I also get sick of the same old, same old!
- 4 cups mashed potatoes ( I steam them)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- Pepper to taste
- 3 eggs + 2 yolks
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups seasoned breadcrumbs
- 5oz sharp aged cheddar or gruyere cut into 12 pieces
- 3-4 cups neutral oil (grapeseed, safflower, peanut)
- 1 cup marinara sauce (choose your favorite brand or make it)
- Mix potatoes with sour cream, butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, 2 egg yolks and flour. At this point refrigerate for 1 hour to harden the mixture.
- Roll potato mixture into round 12 oblong cylinders and place a ½oz piece of cheese in the center by molding the potato around it. Refrigerate again for 15 min.
- Lightly beat remaining eggs in a bowl and place breadcrumbs in a second bowl. Dip each cylinder in eggs and then breadcrumbs.
- Pour oil into a deep heavy pot. Heat to 365 degrees; monitor with a thermometer or check by using the handle end of a wooden spoon. It will bubble around the handle when it hits about 350 degrees. Carefully place 2 potato croquettes at a time into oil and fry until deeply golden. Be careful not to crowd foods when frying.
- Immediately remove drain on a paper towel and season with salt. Can be kept warm in a 325 degree oven until all croquettes are ready. Serve hot with marinara sauce.
- They can be served alongside many meat dishes or alone as an appetizer.Serve with a variety of sauces from marinara to garlic chipotle aioli. Enjoy!
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