Easy Mozzarella Potato Croquettes

by | Nov 6, 2023 | Appetizers | 0 comments

Welcome, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into a delightful and crispy journey with a classic French appetizer that has been loved for centuries: Potato Croquettes. These aren’t just any ordinary croquettes; they are stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, promising a burst of flavor in every bite to make the best Mozzarella Potato Croquettes!

Mozzerella Stuffed Potato Croquettes

A Brief History of Potato Croquettes

Originating in France during the 18th century, potato croquettes have become a global favorite. Traditionally served as an appetizer or a side dish, their versatility allows for numerous variations, including different proteins. But today, we’re focusing on a simple yet delicious version – the Cheesy Mozzarella Stuffed Potato Croquettes.

Ingredients and Prep

Before we jump into the cooking process, let’s gather our ingredients. You will need:

  • 1 lb. russet potatoes
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 5 oz. mozzarella cheese, diced in 1/4” cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Optional for Serving: Marinara Sauce, Garlic Aioli, and/or Sour Cream for dipping.

Prep time is about 45 minutes, and cook time is around 40 minutes. This recipe serves 4.

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions for Mozzarella Potato Croquettes

  1. Boiling the Potatoes: Start by boiling unpeeled potatoes in salted water until fork-tender. This will take about 25-35 minutes.
  2. Preparing the Potato Mixture: Once boiled, peel and mash the potatoes. Mix in the egg yolk, parsley, parmesan, and mozzarella cubes.
  3. Shaping the Croquettes: Shape the mixture into 8 oval croquettes and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Frying the Croquettes: Heat vegetable oil to 350˚F. Create a breading station with beaten eggs and breadcrumbs seasoned with salt and pepper. Coat each croquette in egg, then breadcrumbs, and fry until golden brown.
  5. Serving: Serve hot with your choice of dipping sauce.

Tips for the Perfect Croquettes

Experimenting with Flavors: While we adore the classic mozzarella stuffing, the beauty of potato croquettes lies in their versatility. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like cheddar or gouda for a unique twist. Adding cooked bacon bits or finely chopped vegetables can also elevate the flavor profile.

Achieving the Perfect Crisp: The key to a perfectly crispy outer layer is the temperature of the oil. Ensure it’s consistently at 350˚F. Also, don’t overcrowd the pan while frying; this helps in maintaining the oil temperature and ensures each croquette cooks evenly.

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips: If you’re planning a party or just want to prep ahead, these croquettes are a lifesaver. You can shape them and store them in the refrigerator a day in advance. For longer storage, freeze them before the frying stage. When ready to serve, you can fry them directly from frozen, adding a couple of extra minutes to the cooking time.

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Air Fryer Adaptation for Healthier Croquettes

Making Croquettes in an Air Fryer: For those who prefer a healthier option or simply don’t want to deal with the mess of deep frying. Making these croquettes in an air fryer is an excellent alternative. Preheat your air fryer to 400˚F. Lightly spray or brush the croquettes with oil to ensure they get that desirable golden-brown crust. Place the croquettes in the air fryer basket. making sure they are not touching, and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden.

You may need to turn them halfway through the cooking process to ensure even browning. This method significantly reduces the oil usage while still delivering a satisfyingly crispy texture and the delicious flavors of the cheesy stuffing.

Serving Suggestions

Pairing with Dips: These croquettes are delicious on their own, but pairing them with the right dip can enhance their flavor. Classic marinara sauce, creamy garlic aioli, or a simple sour cream dip are great options. You can also try a spicy mayo or a herby yogurt dip for a different flavor profile.

Accompanying Dishes: These croquettes can be a star appetizer or a wonderful side dish. Serve them alongside a fresh salad, a hearty soup, or as an accompaniment to grilled meats or fish. They’re particularly delightful with a glass of crisp white wine or a light beer, making them perfect for dinner parties or casual gatherings.

Share Your Creations: I would love to see your version of these delicious mozzarella-stuffed potato croquettes! Share your photos and experiences in the comments below or tag me on social media. It’s always exciting to see how you bring these recipes to life in your own kitchen. Plus, your feedback and tips might inspire others in our community of food lovers!

Mozzerella Potato Croquettes

Cheesy Mozzarella Stuffed Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes originated in France during the 18th century. They are often served as an appetizer or side dish, Croquettes are very versatile and can be prepared with many different proteins, if desired, or plain as written in this recipe. The one constant, however, is that they all will contain mashed potatoes that have been coated in breadcrumbs and fried until crispy and golden brown.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: potato, mozzarella, breadcrumbs, croquettes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 31 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 379kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb russet potatoes
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 5 oz mozzarella cheese diced into ¼" cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying

Optional for Serving

  • marinara sauce for dipping
  • garlic aioli for dipping
  • sour cream for dipping

Instructions

  • Place unpeeled potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Generously season the water with salt and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender, 25-35 minutes, depending on size. 
  • Drain potatoes and cool slightly.  When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and pass through a ricer into a large mixing bowl. Alternatively, potatoes may be mashed with a potato masher. Note the texture may not be as smooth. 
  • Add egg yolk. Mix and add fresh parsley, parmesan, and cubed mozzarella. Mix well and shape into 8 oval croquettes. Arrange the croquettes on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator for 30  minutes.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat one inch of vegetable oil to 350˚F
  • Prepare a breading station: In one shallow dish beat two eggs. Place breadcrumbs in a second shallow dish. 
  • Generously, season the eggs and the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  • Roll each croquette into the beaten eggs. Let excess egg drip off and then dredge in the breadcrumbs, pressing lightly so the breadcrumbs will stick to the croquettes. 
  • Fry the croquettes, a few at a time, in the hot oil until golden-brown and crisp on all sides, approximately 3-4 minutes. Do not crowd the oil. Allow oil to return to 350˚F before adding next batch of croquettes. 
  • Remove from oil as they are ready and place on paper towel.
  • Serve immediately with desired dipping sauces. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1118IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 4mg

Conclusion

There you have it – a simple yet indulgent recipe for Cheesy Mozzarella Stuffed Potato Croquettes. Perfect for parties or a cozy night in, these croquettes are sure to delight your taste buds. Happy cooking!

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