|Potato Croquettes--a deliciously decadent way to use leftover mashed potatoes!|
Continuing with our series on American Classics, we turn our attention to mashed potatoes. Claire maintains that she has not found a potato varietal stateside that mimics the light, fluffy mash of her youth in London, poor lass. Since I have Irish American roots, a serious love affair with carbs, and no childhood idyllic notion of root vegetables, mashed potatoes practically flow through my veins.
I'm not going to give you a mashed potato recipe; I grant you more culinary credit than that. I am going to suggest a few interesting variations on the traditional, and then share a recipe on what to do with leftover mashed spuds--if you have any, which at my table is never a given.
- In place of butter, use cream cheese or mascarpone.
- In place of milk, use buttermilk or yogurt.
- In place of both, use sour cream.
- roasted garlic
- grated cheese (sharp cheddar or Parmesan)
- grainy dijon mustard
- chopped scallions
Potato Croquettes. My daughter and I have had an ongoing obsession with these since lunching at Positano Coast some time ago and sampling theirs.
|These balls of mashed potatoes, breaded and deep fried, sprinkled with cheese and served with pesto dipping sauce are a little trip to spud heaven.|
Recently, we had the good fortune to create a home made version. Ours were not as pretty, and we didn't have the pesto dip, but these carb-alicious orbs were a great way to use leftover mash, in a way that didn't feel like leftovers.
Potato Croquettes (makes 8 croquettes, serving 2 or 3)
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 c panko
1 tsp Beck's Devil Dust (or your favorite spice blend--Old Bay, Lowry's etc.)
Oil for frying
|Heaven in a skillet|
Crack egg into a small, shallow bowl and mix. In another medium sized, shallow bowl, pour panko and seasoning; mix. Wet hands, grab bite sized portion of potato, roll into ball, douse in egg, then coat with panko mixture. Heat oil in skillet and fry croquettes to a crispy brownness. Drain on paper towels and enjoy.