turkey croquettes

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

Creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside, these are full of flavor. A delicious way to use up your turkey leftovers...

serves 8 croquettes
prep time 15 Min
cook time 12 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For turkey croquettes

  • 3 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1/4 c
    onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c
    celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    button mushrooms, washed and finely chopped
  • 5 Tbsp
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    half-and-half
  • 1/4 tsp
    poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    hot paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste and divided (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 c
    cooked turkey, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 1/2 c
    canola oil or as needed, for frying
  • 1 c
    panko breadcrumbs, ground
  • 1 lg
    free-run egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk

How To Make turkey croquettes

  • 1
    In a saucepan over medium-heat, add butter and when sizzling, add onion and celery; sauté for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour in milk, add poultry seasoning, hot paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; stir well and cook until the sauce thickens about 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add turkey and parsley; stir well. Transfer to a bowl and let cool off for 5 minutes before covering and chilling for 5 hours.
  • 2
    In a pot over medium heat, add oil and bring to 365ºF. Meanwhile, divide turkey mixture into 8 balls; set aside.
  • 3
    In a shallow plate, add breadcrumbs and season with black pepper; stir to mix. In another shallow plate, combine egg with milk; beat well. Roll each croquette into breadcrumbs then egg mixture and again in breadcrumbs.
  • 4
    Working in batches, carefully place them in hot oil and fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Serve with gravy or cranberry sauce along with mashed potatoes and veggies. Makes 8 croquettes
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