These mashed potato croquettes have a crispy, crunchy exterior with a soft inside and an ooey-gooey, melted cheese surprise in the center. A great use for leftover mashed potatoes, they're tasty on their own, or you can dip them in a creamy sour cream-based dipping sauce, tomato sauce or extra-virgin olive oil with plenty of fresh herbs., September 2022


Credit: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin

Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine mashed potatoes, scallion and pepper in a medium bowl. Scoop the mixture evenly into 10 balls (3 to 4 tablespoons each) using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop or serving spoon. Using your thumb, create an indentation in each ball; place a cube of cheese in each indentation and use your hands to shape the mixture back around the cheese cube so it's centered in the middle of the mashed potato ball. 

  • Place flour in a shallow dish. Whisk together egg and water in a separate shallow dish. Stir breadcrumbs and oil together in a third shallow dish. Working in batches, roll the croquettes in the flour, shaking off excess; dip in the egg mixture, then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Place the croquettes 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Coat the croquettes evenly with cooking spray. 

  • Bake until golden brown and crispy, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand for 3 minutes before serving.


Parchment paper


To make fine fresh breadcrumbs, tear 1 slice whole-wheat bread into pieces and pulse in a food processor until fine crumbs form.

Nutrition Facts

2 croquettes
242 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 27g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 1g; fat 11g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 59mg; vitamin a iu 329IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 6mg; vitamin d iu 19IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 40mg; vitamin k 15mg; sodium 363mg; calcium 146mg; chromium 1mcg; iron 1mg; magnesium 24mg; phosphorus 137mg; potassium 287mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 3mg; selenium 8mcg.