Old-fashioned Potato Croquettes

Christmas isn’t even here yet, but I’m already worrying about leftovers. I justify this to myself by saying that I like to plan ahead, but maybe I should be enjoying the moment.

In any case, I ALWAYS have leftover mashed potatoes after holiday meals, so I was thrilled to find a hundred-year-old recipe for Potato Croquettes that calls for mashed potatoes. The Potato Croquettes had a crispy crust filled with a delightful spicy mashed potato mixture flavored with paprika, cayenne pepper, celery salt, parsley,Ā  and onion.

Here’s the original recipe:

And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Potato Croquettes

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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2 cups hot mashed potatoes (If they are cold, they can be reheated in the microwave.)

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper

1/8 teaspoon celery salt

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup flour

1 egg, beaten

1 cup fine bread crumbs

approximately 1/2 cup shortening

Mix together the potatoes, butter, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, celery salt, parsley, egg yolks, and minced onion. Shape into 1-inch balls; then roll in flour, dip in beaten egg, and finally roll in bread crumbs. (If the potato mixture is sticky – and not very firm, skip dipping in the egg.)

Place the shortening into a frying pan, and heat until hot. (There should be about 1/2 inch of melted shortening. Add more if needed.) Drop balls into the hot shortening, then gently roll the balls with a fork until all sides are a light brown. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

When I made the recipe I used 1/2 teaspoon of salt rather than the 1 teaspoon called for in the original recipe. I also used chopped onion rather than onion juice. The recipe turned out fine with these substitutions.

41 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Potato Croquettes

  1. I can assure you these are delicious, real comfort food. My spicing isn’t quite the same – I go for cumin rather than minced onion, but it’s the sort of thing you can easily adapt to your own tastes. Happy Christmas! Enjoy using those leftovers!

    1. It would be easy to adapt this recipe depending upon tastes. I seldom use cumin, but your comment makes me think that I should give it a try. Sometimes I think that I get into a rut, and tend to just use the same few spices.

  2. I never have leftover mashed potatoes, because I never have mashed potatoes. However. These look good enough that it might be worth cooking some potatoes. The thing to do would be to cook a lot of potatoes, mash them, and then freeze them in meal-sized portions so they’d be ready for recipes like this.

  3. I can’t wait to make these! They are just my cuppa! Anything fried with potatoes (except French fries) I love! I’ve already printed . . . . .

  4. Iā€™m gonna have to do lots of mashed potatoes in hope I have some left… with growing grandsons who are at that age ,where they will eat you out of house and home, my left overs the last few days have been very little!

  5. This recipe reminds me of the potato patties my Mom used to make. They were delicious.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. ā¤

  6. My ex mother-in-law made these on the rare occasion when she had left over mashed potatoes and I always enjoyed them! I’m ready to try them soon – these seasonings sound like a wonderful combination!

  7. There is a restaurant in Watsontown that makes these and I order them each time we go. They add chopped ham to them. Oh my are they good. We were discussing getting the recipe while having lunch there again today. Now I have the recipe. šŸ™‚ Looking forward to making these and having whenever I can. If you make it back home you should try Ciro’s. Better yet, lets meet there for lunch!! (hint, hint!)

    1. Thanks for the tip. I occasionally get to Watsontown, and have eaten at Ciro’s, but I don’t think that I’ve ever tried their potato croquettes.

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