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Turkey Croquettes

Turkey Croquettes

Are you looking for a delicious and creative way to use up your leftover turkey? Look no further than turkey croquettes! These crispy, savory bites are the perfect way to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers into a whole new meal. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about making turkey croquettes. So, let’s get started!

What are Turkey Croquettes?

Turkey croquettes are a delightful dish made with leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and various seasonings. They are formed into small patties, coated in breadcrumbs, and then fried until golden and crispy. The result is a mouthwatering appetizer or main course that will have your taste buds singing with joy.

Why Should You Make Turkey Croquettes?

There are several reasons why turkey croquettes should be on your menu. Firstly, they are a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or any other holiday feast. Instead of reheating the same old leftovers, you can transform them into a completely new and delicious dish.

Secondly, turkey croquettes are incredibly versatile. You can serve them as an appetizer with a dipping sauce, or as a main course alongside a fresh salad or roasted vegetables. They are also great for snacking on-the-go or packing in lunchboxes.

Lastly, turkey croquettes are easy to make and require minimal ingredients. With just a few simple steps, you can have a crowd-pleasing dish that will impress your family and friends.

How to Make Turkey Croquettes

Now that you know why turkey croquettes are so amazing, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making them.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

The first step is to gather all the necessary ingredients. You’ll need leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, breadcrumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Feel free to add other seasonings or herbs to customize the flavor to your liking.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, diced onion, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until well combined. The mashed potatoes act as a binding agent, holding the croquettes together.

Step 3: Shape the Croquettes

Using your hands, shape the mixture into small patties. You can make them as big or as small as you like, depending on your preference. Place the formed croquettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 4: Coat with Breadcrumbs

In a shallow dish, whisk the eggs until well beaten. In another shallow dish, spread out the breadcrumbs. Dip each croquette into the beaten eggs, then coat it evenly with breadcrumbs. Place the coated croquettes back on the baking sheet.

Step 5: Fry or Bake

You have two options for cooking the turkey croquettes: frying or baking. If you prefer a crispy exterior, heat some oil in a skillet and fry the croquettes until golden brown on both sides. Alternatively, if you want a healthier option, you can bake the croquettes in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden and crispy.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!

Once the croquettes are cooked to perfection, remove them from the heat and let them cool slightly. Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauce or alongside a salad or vegetables. Enjoy every bite!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I freeze turkey croquettes?

Yes, you can freeze turkey croquettes. After shaping the croquettes, place them on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. To cook, simply thaw and follow the frying or baking instructions.

2. Can I use other meats instead of turkey?

Absolutely! While turkey is the classic choice for croquettes, you can use other meats like chicken, ham, or even beef. Just make sure the meat is cooked and shredded before combining it with the other ingredients.

3. Can I make turkey croquettes gluten-free?

Yes, you can make gluten-free turkey croquettes by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers. The rest of the ingredients should already be gluten-free. Make sure to check the labels of your ingredients to be sure.

4. Can I add cheese to the croquette mixture?

Definitely! Adding cheese to the croquette mixture can take the flavor to a whole new level. Cheddar, mozzarella, or even blue cheese are excellent choices. Simply shred or crumble the cheese and mix it in with the other ingredients.

5. Can I make vegetarian croquettes?

Yes, you can make vegetarian croquettes by omitting the turkey and using mashed vegetables instead. Mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower, or even a combination of various vegetables can create a delicious vegetarian alternative.

6. Are turkey croquettes kid-friendly?

Absolutely! Kids love crispy and bite-sized foods, making turkey croquettes a hit with little ones. You can adjust the seasonings to suit their taste preferences and serve them with their favorite dipping sauce.

7. Can I serve turkey croquettes at a party?

Yes, turkey croquettes are perfect for serving at parties. They are easy to eat with your hands, and you can make a large batch in advance and keep them warm in the oven until it’s time to serve. Your guests will surely be impressed!

8. Can I use store-bought mashed potatoes?

While homemade mashed potatoes are always the best option, you can use store-bought mashed potatoes in a pinch. Just make sure to choose a high-quality brand that doesn’t contain any artificial additives or preservatives.

In Conclusion

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Turkey Croquettes

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Course Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • 2 slices of bread (or more , if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of diced cooked turkey
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 beaten egg


  • In a blender, place the bread and blend until it becomes soft crumbs.
  • Transfer the bread crumbs to a shallow bowl.
  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it melts.
  • Stir the flour into the melted butter until it dissolves.
  • Mix the milk and broth into the butter-flour mixture and cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool.
  • Add the turkey, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper to the cooled mixture and mix well.
  • Shape the turkey mixture into balls and place them on a plate.
  • Refrigerate the balls for at least 3 hours until they are chilled.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Dip the balls into the beaten egg, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl.
  • Press the balls into the bread crumbs until they are coated.
  • Arrange the coated balls on a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they are cooked through and browned.
  • If desired, you can substitute chicken for the turkey and dried parsley for the fresh parsley.
  • If you prefer, you can add additional spices such as thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, and onion powder.
  • To prepare for future meals, you can
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