Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes are a typical Italian recipe. The dough is made with boiled potatoes, egg yolk and Parmesan cheese, seasoned with black pepper and nutmeg, and then breaded and fried. It is a great dish as an appetizer or starter. It can be served with a sauce made with yogurt or mayonnaise, oregano, mint or basil.
Main presentation of potato croquettes

Potato croquettes or crocchette di patate are a traditional dish from Naples and Palermo. In Italy, it is one of the most typical street dishes alongside pizza, as it is very easy and quick to prepare. You can make the traditional potato croquettes or you can add some other ingredients, such as cooked ham cut into small dices.

The most important thing when making potato croquettes is to choose the right potatoes, which should have a mealy texture. You can buy the potatoes that you usually use for boiling or you can get the red ones, which are very mealy and also have a more intense potato flavor. The dough should be creamy but without falling apart and, according to the traditional recipe, the croquettes should have an elongated shape and, to bread them, you only need a beaten egg and breadcrumbs.

Recipe information

  • Preparation time : 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes
  • Yield : 6 serves (24 croquettes)
  • Category: starter
  • Type of cuisine: italian
  • Calories per serving (kcal): 295

Ingredients for Potato Croquettes

  • 1 pound mealy potatoes
  • 1 yema de huevo
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Pecorino cheese
  • ⅔ cup cooked ham, diced (optional)
  • 1 egg (for breading)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (for breading)
  • Plenty of sunflower oil or mild olive oil for frying
  • Aromatic herbs to taste: oregano, basil, mint...
Ingredients for making potato croquettes

How to make Potato Croquettes

In order to prepare the potato croquettes the first thing you have to do is to thoroughly wash 1 pound of potatoes because you will be cooking them with skin on, you will not be peeling them.

Wash the potatoes for the potato croquettes

You can cook the potatoes in a pot with boiling water or in a pressure cooker. If you use a pot, the cooking time will depend on the size of the potatoes and the variety, but you can have them cooked in about 30 minutes. In any case, before the cooking time is over, check them by pricking one with a knife and make sure that you can pierce it without too much resistance. You can also cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker which takes very little time. In this case, they will be ready in about 10 minutes from the moment the valve goes up.

Boil the potatoes in a pot

Once the potatoes are cooked, let them cool down for a little bit. Once you can handle them, peel them.

Remove the potatoes from the pot and peel them to make the potato croquette dough

Put the peeled potatoes in a bowl and mash them with a potato masher or a fork. You can also grate them.

Grate the cooked potatoes into a bowl

Add 1 egg yolk to the mashed or grated potatoes.

Add the egg yolk to the grated potatoes

Season the potato dough with salt and pepper and, to give them a reminiscent flair of traditional croquettes, add 1 pinch of nutmeg.

Season the grated potato mixture with salt and pepper

The next step is to add 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. You can also use Pecorino cheese.

Stir in the cheese into the potato croquette mixture

Mix the cheese with the mashed potato well. You can use your hands to do this; that way you can ensure that the ingredients are perfectly mixed together. At this point, if you want, you can add ⅔ cup of cooked ham, although it is optional in this recipe.

Knead the potato croquette dough

To form the potato croquettes, rub your hands with a little oil. Next, take portions of potato dough and, with the help of both hands, give them an elongated shape. Continue forming the croquettes until the potato dough is finished. You will obtain about 24 croquettes with the ingredient quantities of this recipe.

Form the potato croquettes

To bread the croquettes, prepare a plate with 1 beaten egg and another one with 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Once you have all the croquettes formed, first dip them in the egg.

Dip the potato croquettes in egg

Next, carefully press the croquettes into the breadcrumbs to completely coat them with the breadcrumbs.

Bread the potato croquettes

Repeat until all the croquettes are breaded. Once all the croquettes are breaded, fry them for a few minutes in plenty of sunflower oil or a mild olive oil until golden brown. Remove them from the pan and transfer to a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Fry the potato croquettes

You can serve the potato croquettes with a sauce, such as yogurt dressing or mayonnaise, and add some aromatic herbs, such as oregano, basil or mint.

Final presentation of potato croquettes

Easy instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes thoroughly
  2. Cook the potatoes in plenty of boiling water
  3. Let the potatoes temper and peel them
  4. Mash or grate the potatoes
  5. Add one egg yolk
  6. Season with salt and pepper and add nutmeg
  7. Add the grated Parmesan cheese
  8. Mix the dough thoroughly until smooth and add the cooked ham if desired
  9. Form the croquettes with your hands giving them an elongated shape
  10. Dip the formed croquettes in beaten egg
  11. Then coat them with breadcrumbs
  12. Fry the potato croquettes and use paper towels to absorb any excess oil
  13. Serve the potato croquettes with yogurt dressing or mayonnaise and aromatic herbs to taste