Spinach and Mashed Potato Croquettes Print

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A cripsy breadcrumb crunch and a gooey mashed potato center make for a perfectly delicious (and vegetarian) combo. Trust us, these will be gone faster than it takes to whip them up!

Recipe by Sarah at liveeatlearn.com

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  • 25

    Servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (118 mL) oil for frying + a dash for sautéing
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (70 g) fresh spinach
  • 1 (3.74 oz) package prepared Idaho Spuds Four Cheese Potatoes (or 2 cups, 450 g, leftover mashed potatoes*), chilled
  • ¼ cup (40 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (40 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup (80 g) panko breadcrumbs

Prep

  1. Heat a dash of oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute, then add spinach. Cook, stirring often, until spinach has reduced in size, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and roughly chop spinach so that it’s not too stringy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine spinach, mashed potatoes, parmesan, and mozzarella. If mixture is too moist, add a dash of flour. Roll into tablespoon-sized rounds.
  3. Prepare a work station by whisking eggs in a bowl, placing breadcrumbs in a separate bowl, and placing a clean plate at the end. Working in batches and with a spoon, dip each ball into the egg, let excess drip off, roll in breadcrumbs, then set on the plate.
  4. Heat oil over medium/high heat in a large pan. It’s ready when a piece of panko thrown in instantly begins sizzling. Working in batches of 4 or 5, gently add the croquettes, rolling slowly, until the entire coat is brown and crisp (about 2 to 3 minutes each)**.
  5. Set finished croquettes on a few layers of paper towels or a wire rack until you’ve finished them all.
  6. Serve immediately.

*If using leftover mashed potatoes, be sure your potatoes have a bit of butter and milk mixed in and were seasoned with salt and pepper!
**If it takes any longer, the cheese and potato will begin to melt and soften, leading to deformed croquettes. You want them to turn brown pretty quickly, so crank up the heat!