Potato croquettes originated in France during the 18th century. They are often served as an appetizer or side dish, Croquettes are very versatile and can be prepared with many different proteins if desired, or plain as written in this recipe. The one constant, however, is that they all will contain mashed potatoes that have been coated in breadcrumbs and fried until crispy and golden brown.
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
1 lb. russet potatoes
1 large egg yolk
½ c. fresh parsley, chopped
¼ c. parmesan cheese, finely grated
5 oz. mozzarella cheese, diced in 1/4” cubes
2 large eggs
1 c. breadcrumbs
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for frying
Optional for Serving:
Marinara Sauce, Garlic Aioli, and/or Sour Cream – For Dipping
- Place unpeeled potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Generously season the water with salt and bring it to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender, 25-35 minutes, depending on size.
- Drain potatoes and cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and pass them through a ricer into a large mixing bowl. Alternatively, potatoes may be mashed with a potato masher. Note the texture may not be as smooth.
- Add egg yolk. Mix and add fresh parsley, parmesan, and cubed mozzarella. Mix well and shape into 8 oval croquettes. Arrange the croquettes on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, heat one inch of vegetable oil to 350˚F.
- Prepare a breading station: In one shallow dish beat two eggs. Place breadcrumbs in a second shallow dish.
- Generously, season the eggs and the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Roll each croquette into the beaten eggs. Let excess egg drip off and then dredge in the breadcrumbs, pressing lightly so the breadcrumbs will stick to the croquettes.
- Fry the croquettes, a few at a time, in the hot oil until golden-brown and crisp on all sides, approximately 3-4 minutes. Do not crowd the oil. Allow the oil to return to 350˚F before adding the next batch of croquettes.
- Remove from oil as they are ready and place on a paper towel.
- Serve immediately with desired dipping sauces. Enjoy!