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Parmesan Croquettes on black board

Parmesan Potato Croquettes

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  • Author: Rhonda
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24-28 pieces 1x


Made with leftover mashed potatoes, these potato croquettes with parmesan cheese will quickly become your newest craving! 


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 pound mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup (3 ounces) parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying (vegetable oil or canola oil works great)
  • Dip for serving - marinara sauce ranch dressing, sour cream (OPTIONAL)


NOTE: This works better if the potatoes are room temperature or slightly warm - not hot. Leave on the counter for about 20 minutes (or heat for a few seconds in the microwave) before mixing with other ingredients.



Other Options to Deep Fried. We made these by deep frying, using the air fryer, and baking in the oven. While all three methods worked, we definitely found the deep fried method gave the best overall result. Frying took about 5 minutes per batch. Both the air fryer and oven resulted in a less evenly fried outside, but they work and tasted great! See FAQ's above for notes on using the air fryer or baking in the oven.  

Freezing Croquettes. Croquettes freeze great either before they are breaded and fried or after they are fried. For both, store in an airtight container in the freezer. If not breaded, let croquettes thaw in the refrigerator then proceed with the coating and frying steps. If breaded and fried, thaw in refrigerator and reheat in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven until warmed through - about 5-10 minutes. You can also place them directly from the freezer into a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven and heat until warmed through 15-20 minutes.  

Are these just homemade tater tots? No, they are actually different. Tater tots are made with shredded potatoes while potato croquettes are made with mashed potatoes. You can add additional ingredients; cheese, bacon, ham, veggies, to both tater tots and croquettes, but the base ingredient (potatoes) is in a different form which makes the texture different.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Assembly Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 169.3 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.7 mg