I grew up with a family that looked forward to leftovers, especially the day after Thanksgiving. But we didn’t just reheat turkey and spuds in the microwave—we took our culinary creativity to a new level with recipes likes these croquettes. Serve three per plate along with a crisp green salad for an unforgettable meal. —Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, Virginia
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- 2 cups mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups finely chopped cooked turkey
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1-1/4 cups panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter, divided
- Sour cream, optional
- In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheeses, shallot, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper; stir in turkey. Shape into twelve 1-in.-thick patties.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. Place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip croquettes in egg mixture, then in bread crumbs, patting to help coating adhere.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add half of croquettes; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove and keep warm. Repeat. If desired, serve with sour cream. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Leftover Turkey Croquettes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p115
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