Leftover Turkey Croquettes

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 25, 2023
I grew up with a family that looked forward to leftovers, especially on 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
Leftover Turkey Croquettes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • Sour cream, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheeses, shallot, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper; stir in turkey. Shape into twelve 1-in.-thick patties.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add half the croquettes; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove and keep warm. Repeat. If desired, serve with sour cream.

Can you freeze Leftover Turkey Croquettes?

Freeze cooled turkey croquettes in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, reheat on a baking sheet in a preheated 325° oven until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

2 croquettes: 383 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.