Leftover Thanksgiving Croquettes

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Leftover Thanksgiving Croquettes recipe uses LouAna Peanut Oil


Create something new with the leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast plus LouAna Peanut Oil. Your friends and family will love these crispy Thanksgiving croquettes! They’re perfect for a side dish, snack or light dinner.


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes + 1 hour of chilling time


36 croquettes


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4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 cup leftover finely shredded cooked turkey
1/2 cup leftover cooked and diced Thanksgiving vegetables
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 eggs, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups dry bread crumbs
Leftover cranberry sauce, for dipping (optional)
Leftover gravy, for dipping (optional)


Mix together mashed potatoes, turkey, vegetables, cheese, 2 eggs, salt and pepper until combined. Divide into 36 portions and roll into equal-sized balls. Place on a lined tray and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm.

In a shallow dish, whisk remaining eggs. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Place the flour in a third shallow dish.

Remove chilled mashed potato balls from refrigerator. Working one at a time, gently roll each mashed potato ball in the flour, then coat each ball with the eggs. Lastly, transfer to the bread crumbs and roll each ball to coat well all over.

Meanwhile, heat LouAna Peanut Oil in a medium saucepan or deep fryer filled with 3 inches of oil over medium-heat until an instant read thermometer reads 350°F.

Working in batches, fry croquettes in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown all over. Remove balls with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined tray to drain.

Serve immediately with cranberry sauce and gravy for dipping.


Did you know leftover LouAna Peanut Oil can be used again after the first fry? Second-use LouAna Peanut Oil adds a more delicious, deeper flavor to anything you fry in it! If you deep fried your Thanksgiving turkey using LouAna Peanut Oil, reuse the same oil to deep fry these croquettes and make them taste even better!

If you don’t have any leftover Thanksgiving vegetables, you can substitute cooked frozen corn or peas.

We’d love to see how it turned out. Tag your photos with #LouAnaCooking on Facebook or Instagram.



  • Karen Santos on 11.27.19

    I will be trying there after Thanksgiving – needed something different!

  • LouAna on 11.26.19

    Hi Grace. We recommend deep frying in peanut oil because it results in the best possible taste and quality and creates an extra crispy exterior.

  • Grace on 11.23.19

    Can these be baked?

  • Maureen on 11.22.19

    Can’t wait to try this

  • LouAna on 11.22.19

    Hi Nasree. We found gravy to be a perfect match with our croquettes, and it’s what’s shown in the recipe photo. While we don’t have our own gravy recipe on the site, we encourage you to experiment with your favorite sauces and gravies and let us know what you liked best!

  • Nasree Holt on 11.21.19

    What is the dipping sauce would you please share the recipe for the dipping sauce if you don’t mind, besides the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce.

    Over the Croquettes the sauce looks so good may I have the recipe for that please.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe with tips.

  • Cindi Smith on 11.18.19

    Thanks looks great n planning on trying them

  • LouAna on 11.18.19

    Hi Caro Lyn, the croquettes are delicious served with your favorite gravy or cranberry sauce. Or both!

  • Caro Lyn matherly on 11.15.19

    How do you make the dipping sauce

  • LouAna on 11.13.19

    We recommend deep frying in peanut oil because it results in the best possible taste and quality and creates an extra crispy exterior.

  • Short on Time on 11.13.19

    Seems overly complicated. Can I just throw all the ingredients in a blender and then pour it into the hot oil like funnel cake?

  • LouAna on 11.11.19

    We recommend deep frying in peanut oil because it results in the best possible taste and quality and creates an extra crispy exterior.

  • LouAna on 11.11.19

    Hi Penny. Feel free to customize the recipe however you like and report back on the deliciousness.

  • Penny on 11.10.19

    Do you have to use the cheese?

  • C Beard on 11.06.19

    Just wondering if these will bake or air-fry rather than frying?

  • Claudia on 11.06.19

    Thanks for sharing !

  • Confused on 11.03.19

    What is “leftover” turkey??

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