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Lisa’s Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes are a unique dish found commonly in Italy, France, and Spain as a way to use leftover potatoes. It is not only a smart recipe but delicious! Lisa lived with her family in Spain as a child while her father had an academic position in Madrid and these croquettes were a staple for her snacks and dinners.  Make them for New Year’s or as your contorno for any Sunday Dinner!

Buon Appetito e Tutti a Tavola!

You can watch Lisa make this recipe on her YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Potato Croquettes Ingredients:

2 lbs white potatoes, peeled

2 large eggs, separated

3/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano

2 teaspoons Sicilian sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 ounces mozzarella, cut into 1/4 inch cubes

1 and 1/2  cups dried breadcrumbs

Canola Oil for frying

1/4 cup chopped prosciutto, optional

Lisa’s Potato Croquettes Directions:

Fill a large sauce pan with water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until soft, approximately 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes, mash them with a potato masher or a mixer. Transfer the mashed potatoes to a large bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and parmigiano. Add the salt and pepper. Using your hands shape 3 tablespoons of the potato mixture into a three inch by 1 inch log and place it on a platter. Repeat until you have used all of the potato mixture. Make a small hole in the top of each log. Insert a cube of mozzarella. Cover the cheese with the potato mixture.

Potato Croquettes

Beat the egg whites until frothy and place them in a shallow dish. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish. Dip the potato logs into the egg whites then roll them in the breadcrumbs and place them on a wire rack to dry for 20 minutes. Pour about 3/4 inch of canola oil into a large deep frying pan. Place over medium heat. Fry the croquettes until they are golden. Drain on paper towels and serve.

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  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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