Turkey Croquettes - are a great way to use up holiday leftovers. Plus, these are made lighter by baking, not frying.
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Are you tired of turkey yet (she says as she is planning yet another post)?
I know, as a food blogger, I really should be posting recipes for leftovers waaaaaay before the holiday. But A) I made a HUGE turkey for the fam, and wanted to share the recipes with you, and B) I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short
Planning ahead for me is always difficult. I start out with the best intentions, then I find myself behind the *sigh* But you can always keep these recipes in mind for your leftover Christmas turkey right? That is why we all have Pinterest boards hehe I am a save it for later Queen. You should see how many recipes I have on my "Recipes to Try" board
Actually, we are planning a beef roast AND a turkey this year. I know I said that we usually keep Christmas pretty low key, just us and the kids, and we still are, I just love to feed people A yummm from someone is like a big ol' hug, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Of course it is not just people that I like to feed, and I have a few critters running around here that know that fact all too well!
We refer to this guy as "Jaba the Squirrel"
Sorry for the bit of blur on the first guy. He was a quick one. Every time I grabbed my camera he was gone. I guess he wasn't one for the paparazzi
Anywho, this recipe, ahhh yes the recipe.
I get so sidetracked #ADDmuch
I know I have told y'all that I wasn't much of a cook when my kiddos were growing up, but my Mom bought me a couple of cook books that, when I wanted to be all domestic-ish, I would break out and cook from. The hands down, favorite recipe, from this certain book, was for Turkey Croquettes. The kids would actually get pretty upset with me if I didn't make croquettes with the leftover holiday turkey!
That recipe had quite a few steps, you had to make a rue, then make a white sauce, grind the turkey, mix it all together, chill it, fry it, blah blah blah right? So, after poking around a little bit, I came across a couple recipes that really peaked my interest. One because it was sooooooo simple, and the other because the croquettes were baked, not fried.
Even though we have already consumed about a kabillion calories by now, I am still looking out for you
The beauty of this recipe is, it's not really a recipe. I refer to these kinds of treasures as "no-brainers". You just grab/mix/cook/eat. Such a great idea for those days that you are stressed out and tired!
So mix a batch of these up tonight if you still have some leftovers.
Save it for Christmas leftovers.
Or hey, be like me and make Thanksgiving again in a few months!!
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A family favorite way to use up leftover turkey, that is lightened up by baking, not frying.
- 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup leftover stuffing or dressing
- 1 cup cooked turkey, chopped
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups seasoned panko bread crumbs
- Olive oil, or canola oil spray
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Combine the potatoes, dressing, and turkey in a bowl. Shape mixture into 8 croquettes (approx 1/4 cup each)
- Set up a breading station with the beaten egg in a bowl, and the bread crumbs in a shallow dish.
- Roll each croquette in the egg, then the bread crumbs. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Meanwhile to make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium- low heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the port and dried chiles, turn the heat up to medium, and boil gently until the mixture is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve with warmed leftover gravy and cranberry relish.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 35 mins.
Tags: turkey, leftovers, holiday
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