Potato Croquettes are a great crispy appetizer for parties and game day. A crispy shell surrounds a mix of creamy mashed potatoes, queso fresco, and chorizo sausage. Croquettes are the kind of food that I always tend to order at restaurants, but they are actually very easy to make at home.
You can think of these potato croquettes as like mashed potato balls with a crispy shell. They’re so good! I add spicy, smoky chorizo sausage and queso fresco cheese to the mix, but you can add whatever you want inside. Swap in parmesan cheese and skip the meat altogether, or add little bits of ham or bacon. There are a million possibilities. Croquettes are traditionally deep fried, which is how I cook them here. I used to have a plug-in deep fryer, but now I just use a dutch oven or heavy stockpot to fry them right on the stove.
The nice thing about this recipe is you can make most of it in advance, then pull the croquettes out of the fridge and fry them right before you want to serve. This makes them a little easier for entertaining, and I love making them for game day.
- 2 lbs russet potatoes
- 1/2 lb fresh chorizo sausage
- 3/4 cup queso fresco crumbled
- 3 eggs divided
- 2 cups italian bread crumbs
- tallow or vegetable oil for frying