Loaded Potato Croquettes with fluffy potato centers, crisp bacon, green onions, cheese, and golden-crisp bread coating are a delicious party appetizer or any time of the day.
Keyword potato croquettes
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 1hour
2large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1/2cupcheddar cheese, shredded
1/4cupgreen onions, chopped
1/2cupheavy cream or whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
2eggs, well beaten
In a large pot over medium heat, combine potatoes and enough cold water to cover to about an inch. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and continue to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender enough to pierce with a fork. Remove potatoes from heat and drain well.
Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until golden brown and crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
In a saucepan over low heat, combine heavy cream or milk and butter, and warm until butter is melted.
In a deep bowl, combine mashed potatoes and heavy cream-butter mixture. Mash potatoes with a fork until smooth and have no lumps. Do not over-beat or mashed potatoes will turn "gluey".
Add cheese, bacon and green onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
Cover with film and refrigerate for about 15 to 20 minutes or until completely cold.
In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, heat about 2 inches deep of oil to 350 F.
Using a small scoop, portion mashed potatoes into 1-inch balls and between the palm of hands, roll into round shape.
Place flour on one plate, eggs in a bowl, and Panko in another plate.
Working one at a time, dust potato ball in flour, shaking off any excess flour, dip in egg, and then dredge in Panko, gently pressing down breadcrumbs to coat.
Add balls to hot oil and deep-fry, turning as needed, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Do NOT overcrowd the pan, work in batches as needed.
With a slotted spoon, remove from heat and drain on a wire rack. Serve immediately.
Nutritional information calculated at 3 potato balls per serving.