Mashed Potato Croquettes

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.

Mashed Potato Croquettes
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes

  • ¼ cup chopped scallion

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, cut into 10 (1/2-inch) cubes

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • cup fine fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • Cooking spray


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

242 Calories
11g Fat
27g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 2 croquettes
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Vitamin A 329IU 7%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin D 19IU 5%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Vitamin K 15mcg 13%
Sodium 363mg 16%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 287mg 6%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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