Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover: Turkey Croquettes

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Turkey Croquettes


Leftover Makeover: Turkey Croquettes

Thanksgiving day is coming up fast.  You might be planning your meal now, getting a list of all the dishes you want to prepare. But have you thought about the most important part?  What to do with leftovers, of course!  Turkey Croquettes are the perfect way to use up everything on your menu, and even put some back for a later date, because the freeze amazingly well!  You can adapt the recipe to anything you have left over, but the basics are turkey, stuffing, gravy, veggies, and potatoes.  And a food processor.  Leftovers have never had it so good.

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What to Use in Turkey Croquettes

There’s really no set rules about what should and shouldn’t be in Turkey Croquettes.  Well, besides turkey.  My favorite mixture is mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy that’s had some sage leaves simmered in it, and whatever leftover veggies I have.  When I don’t have any leftover veggies, I scour the back of the freezer for whatever scraps in bags I have, then I microwave them for a minute or so.  Every vegetable I’ve tried in Turkey Croquettes has worked well, including Brussels sprouts, squash, mixed veggies, and corn.  Use what you have left over, and season the patties well, either when you pulse everything in the food processor, or the breadcrumbs you coat them in.  Either way, you’ll have the perfect meal all in a patty.  I add a salad to dinner when I make Turkey Croquettes, just for good measure.

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover: Turkey Croquettes

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover: Turkey Croquettes


  • 4 C diced turkey
  • 2 C leftover stuffing
  • 1 C leftover gravy
  • 1 C leftover potatoes (any type, including mashed, sweet, candied, etc)
  • 1 C leftover veggies (any type)
  • 1 egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • oil for pan frying
  • gravy, hot


  1. Place the turkey, stuffing, 1 C gravy, potatoes, veggies and egg in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse until completely mixed and the turkey is ground finely.
  3. Form mixture into patties and coat in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Add 3-4 T oil and fry patties, a pan at a time, until brown and crisp. Flip and brown the other side.
  5. Serve hot with gravy.

Freezing Turkey Croquettes for Later

Freezing Turkey Croquettes are an amazing way to have a meal in the freezer for later.  They make it easy to have a meal in minutes.  Simply place the uncooked patties on a parchment covered baking sheet and freeze.  Once they are frozen, I wrap each on in a bakery sheet of wax paper then place in a freezer-grade plastic zippy bag.  When you are in need of a quick meal, heat your pan to medium, add some oil and the Turkey Croquettes.  Cook them a little slower than you would the fresh ones, sealing the heat in by covering with a lid before crisping.  You’ll have dinner in no time.  Need some gravy?  Grab some turkey stock at the store, add a tablespoon or so of butter to provide fat, and make your gravy as usual!  No reason to not have a beautiful sauce for your Turkey Croquettes!

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  1. Sounds delish!!!

  2. cannot wait to try these.

  3. Kerrianne Weaver says:

    Yumm, always looking for new ways to use turkey leftovers this time of year.


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