turkey croquettes (after thanksgiving day treat)

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By iris mccall
from chicago, IL

Don't despair over all that leftover turkey staring you in the face. Here's a recipe to get the creative juices flowing. If you don't wanna singe the eyeballs, remove seeds and ribs from your pepper before processing.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

One taste of these turkey croquettes and you will want to make sure you have turkey leftovers. Fresh lime and cilantro add not only flavor but a real freshness to the croquettes. Jalapenos add a bit of heat. Those three ingredients alone give these a Southwest feel. Once fried, they're crunchy on the outside. Baking them in the oven warms them thoroughly. A great way to reinvent Thanksgiving leftovers. Serve with your favorite condiment.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 4 (2 apiece)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For turkey croquettes (after thanksgiving day treat)

  • 2 c
    turkey, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh chives, chopped
  • 1
    fresh red or green chili (serrano or jalapeno)
  • 1 c
    bread crumbs, fresh
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp
    heavy cream or turkey gravy
  • 1 lg
    egg, separated
  • 1 tsp
    cold water
  • 1/4 c
    fine yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil

How To Make turkey croquettes (after thanksgiving day treat)

Test Kitchen Tips
We recommend flattening these thinner because they are easier to cook that way. If your mixture is too dry, add an extra egg yolk and a touch more cream until it's the right consistency.
  • 1
    Put diced turkey in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to bowl and add cilantro, chives, scallions, chili, bread crumbs, lime zest, lime juice, and gravy.
  • 2
    Mix until well combined and add egg yolk.
  • 3
    With wet hands form 8 patties. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Mix egg white and water. Dip patties in egg mixture.
  • 5
    Coat them in corn meal.
  • 6
    Cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • 7
    Transfer to a sheet pan and put in the oven to heat thru, about 5 minutes.
  • 8
    Serve with your favorite condiment.