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Thanksgiving Croquettes

thanksgiving croquettes - www.iamafoodblog.com

thanksgiving croquettes - www.iamafoodblog.com

thanksgiving croquettes - www.iamafoodblog.com

thanksgiving croquettes - www.iamafoodblog.com

I love leftovers because you can eat in basically the amount of time it takes to heat them up. To me, that’s magic! But, as much as I love eating leftovers as is, I am absolutely fanatical about making leftovers into new dishes, like these Thanksgiving croquettes.

What’s not to love about deep fried potato-y things? Croquettes are French, from the verb croquer, which is to crunch. Interesting right?! I don’t know random food knowledge by the way, I just like googling things. Anyway, croquettes might have started out French but I’m pretty sure that every culture has a version of croquettes because deep fried foods are popular the world over. Japan is no exception. Croquettes are called korokke here and they are ubiquitous as fried chicken in supermarkets/convenience stores. There are even dedicated korokke stores.

I absolutely love Japanese korokke, with their creamy mashed potato insides and crispy crunchy panko-ed outsides. I took a page from the korokke book and made Thanksgiving croquettes: leftover mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing. A quick toss into flour, egg, and panko and a hot oil bath later and these guys were definitely bestovers. Everything I love about turkey dinner turned into a convenient hand held tater tot shaped deep-fried bite. I loved them with a bit of cranberry sauce, but they were also excellent with tonkatsu sauce. Seriously good!

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Leftover Thanksgiving Croquettes Recipe
makes about 24 mini croquettes


  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup diced leftover turkey
  • 1 egg
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko
  • oil to deep fry (I like grapeseed)
  • cranberry sauce or Japanese tonkatsu sauce, to serve if desired

In a bowl, add the stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey and egg. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and mix well. I like to use a cookie scoop to portion out the mixture. Scoop out about 1.5 tablespoons and shape, compacting into a tater-tot shape, until all of the mix is portioned out.

Set up a breading station with three shallow dishes. One with flour, one with a lightly beaten egg, and one with panko.

Working gently, with one egg at a time, dip the croquettes into flour, shaking off excess, then coat in egg wash. Roll in panko to coat.

In a deep sided, heavy bottomed pot, heat up 1-2 inches of oil over medium heat until it reaches 375°F.

Gently place the croquettes in the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd, turning occasionally and maintaining oil temperature of 350°F, until the breading is golden brown and crisp, 5–6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to paper towels to drain. Let cool slightly and enjoy hot with cranberry or tonkatsu sauce!

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5 Comments

  1. This post is the epitome of why I love this blog. Take a thing I’m not a huge fan of :: leftovers :: and create it into something exciting – Thanksgiving korokke!

  2. Geoff says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Just made some with a buttermilk batter. Yum.

  3. le.yøm says:

    I might do this with tonights Rendang leftovers…

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      ooh rendang croquettes sound bomb!