Nov 23, 2010

Baked Turkey Croquettes




Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey? Croquettes are a perfect way to use your leftover turkey!

I grew up eating these, but my mom always fries hers. I was hoping to make them lighter by baking them instead, and the results were great. I sprayed them generously with my misto and then baked them. Top them with a little turkey gravy or chicken gravy and serve with and a vegetable on the side. These also make great appetizers. You could substitute chicken breast for turkey if you wish. Enjoy!

If you're feeling like a sandwich instead, Skinny Turkey Cubans are delicious!! Or as someone mentioned on my facebook fanpage, you can make Skinny Turkey Nachos using shredded leftover turkey instead of ground turkey.


Baked Turkey Croquettes
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 Size: 3 croquettes Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 217.1 • Fat: 6.2g Protein: 13.8 g Carb: 26.9 g Fiber: 2.7 g 

  • 12 oz cooked turkey breast, chopped fine (a food processor or chopper is great for this)
  • 3 potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • olive oil spray (about 1 tbsp)

In a large bowl, mash potatoes with 1/4 cup broth, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Saute garlic, and onions in oil on low heat. Add parsley, salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add turkey, and remaining broth, mix well and shut heat off.

Add turkey to mashed potatoes and using your clean hands mix well. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Measure 1/4 cup of mixture then form into croquettes. Place on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Dip each croquette in egg wash, then breadcrumbs and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet for easy cleanup. Spray generously with olive oil spray (about 1 tbsp worth). Bake in the oven about 15 minutes, or until golden.





 

63 comments :

  1. Jennifer Cant11/23/10, 10:18 PM

    These look yummy!!! Can't wait to try this recipe!! Thank you Gina for all your fabulous recipes! :)

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  2. I always make "Bubble and Squeak" with my leftovers, which are the same ingriedients and the addition of leftover stuffing. Of course it's fried, I'm going to have to try this way and bake instead! I LOVE the crispy outside : )

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  3. This looks so good! Too bad we're not going to have leftover turkey this year. :(

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  4. What a good idea! Just found your blog via foodblogs. I'm new to food blogging myself and look forward to following yours!

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  5. I've never seen this use for leftover turkey. Great idea. Have you tried panko bread crumbs? I love them for baking. They give food that crunchy "fried" texture, without frying. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. If you are using leftover mashed potatoes, about how much do you think = 3 potatoes?

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  7. Awesome recipe! I'll try it for sure! Thanks

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  8. That's a great idea. Thanks Giving or not. I'll have to try that with chicken also.

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  9. Mother Rimmy, No I haven't tried it with panko. Great idea!

    Melissa- good question! Maybe 3 cups. I'm sure that would work.

    Jasmin- it's great with chicken too!

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  10. Gina,
    I absolutely LOVE your recipes. Thank you SOOO much. My daughter is 9 months old and thanks to Weight Watchers I've lost all my pregnancy weight (and then some!). This recipe looks awesome. My Mom used to make these with tuna growing up. I will try both the tuna and turkey using your recipe! Thank you SOO much for your blog!

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  11. That's great Tanya!

    Mom mom used to make them with cod fish, never had them with tuna. I love them with fish!

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  12. I love these! I hope I have lots of leftovers :)

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  13. So excited to try these!! My mother in law used to make my husband "chicken balls" on special occassions and he loves and misses them. Now I get to make my own "turkey balls" for him without all the heavy cream and frying, and without having to compete with her recipe!! YAY!

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  14. mmm... this looks amazing.. Too bad it's only Thanksgiving in the States this weekend. I wanted to let you know that I think this blog is amazing. I check it everyday for new recipes. I nominated you for a blogging award. If you're interested here is the link:
    http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-won-award.html
    Thanks and happy blogging.

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  15. Bet this would be great with sweet potato too!

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  16. I think I will make this even when it's not Thanksgiving... It sounds so yummy!!!

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  17. Cool recipe! These look great.

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  18. My mother used to make turkey, chicken and ham croquettes when I was little. I hated them with the fire of a thousand suns! It was pure torture and a battle at the dinner table every time. However...these look good. Must be the addition of potato because as we all know the potato makes everything better. I will be trying these and might even give some to my Mom. ~Karen

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  19. It's odd how the taste differ when I try this with canola oil. Found the use you make with oil to be far better. This is a nice recipe that I keep recooking at least once a month

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  20. I think this one is awesome. .you never fail to satisfy my home-cooked meal cravings. This version looks especially tasty.

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  21. Hey Gina!

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and I'm so happy to find another person who is encouraging people to eat healthfully, but with BIG flavor ;-)

    I just tried these turkey croquettes, in fact, I made a sweet and spicy tomato chutney.

    Also, check out my blog, particularly if you're looking for a healthy and budget friendly way to use up those extra sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving.

    I'll be stopping by again soon!

    Priyanka @ Healthy Eating 101

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  22. mmm these sound like a GREAT way to use up turkey! And for so few calories too! A great alternative to their deep fried counterparts.

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  23. Yours are definitely a lot prettier than mine turned out. They are super yummy though! Great way to use up the leftovers!

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  24. I tried them yesterday and they definitely tasted great! :D Thanks for writing the recipe!

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  25. Sarah, as long as they taste good, that's all that matters!!

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  26. 5 pts per serving on the new PointsPlus system! :)

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  27. Oooops...should I have used 3 smaller potatoes? I ended up with way more than 12 1/4 cup croquettes. They smell wonderful and I can't wait for them to be done. I'm sure they will be delicious anyway. Sue

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  28. Oh....geez, just noticed that it should have been 18 croquettes. Now that makes sense. I'll have to adjust my servings now that I have 12 very large croquettes. : ) That'll teach me to pay closer attention - you know how we over multitask sometimes. Sue

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  29. Great recipe! Thanks!

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  30. I made this last night for dinner, used up some of the dark meat since nobody was eating it so it added a bit of fat, but everyone enjoyed them - and I was serving some picky eaters! ;-) Thanks for the recipe!

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  31. Yum! Sounds like a great hearty appetizer. Any ideas for a dipping sauce?

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  32. I made these last night and they were a hit! Three cups of leftover mashed potatoes works out perfectly. I did find that I didn't need the egg wash to get the breadcrumbs to stick (and we couldn't taste a difference between the two). :) Thank you for another winner, Gina!

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  33. That's great to know, thanks!!
    Ann, good question, let me think about that one!

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  34. I am making these for Chanukah, even if I am cheating by baking instead of frying. My thighs will thank me ... and you LOL!

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  35. I am sure my daughter will love this because she loves to eat whatever I cook. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe. Right now, I am thinking on cooking this one on weekend.

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  36. Just made these. I cut the recipe in half, because I was just cooking for myself. They are quite tasty! For dipping sauce, I used some low fat ranch dressing and added some chipotle Tabasco sauce for a little kick (I'm in Texas, Tabasco is a must). It was delicious! Thanks!

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  37. Hi Gina!! What kind of potatoes are you using? (Do you have the weight?) I normally use small red potatoes...I am assuming you mean regular Idaho? Thank you!!! Shaunna

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  38. These look great- would it be possible to make with sweet potato as well?

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  39. You could use Yukon gold, russet, Idaho, not sure how they would taste with sweet potato though.

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  40. Gina,
    Do you think these would work with ground turkey? I didn't have leftover turkey and thought since you put it in the food processor it would work the same. I was planning on trying it tonight, but a bit wary about the ground turkey.
    Thanks!

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  41. I suppose they would work, but I've never actually tried it that way.

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  42. I made these last night with ground turkey and boxed mashed potatoes (I know, I know) but they were a little mushy and hard to form into a ball. I don't think it was the ground turkey that made it like that, must have been the potatoes. Still very good, if a little messy to prepare.

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  43. Tried with with 93% lean ground turkey, and they were wonderful. Just might need to cook it a little longer. Also for dipping sauce, I made a mix of coke zero bbq sauce with some hot sauce. Delicious. Thanks for the recipe Gina!

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  44. Made this for dinner tonight! I used 99% lean ground turkey and dried parsley (as I didn't have any fresh) and panko crumbs. I whipped up some gravy using whole wheat flour, butter and chicken broth, served with a side of veggies and a dollop of mashed potato. So good! Even my husband liked it, and he's a pretty picky eater! My recipe made only 12, so about 100 calories each. Leftovers will be good tomorrow for lunch!

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  45. Tired of making shepards pie and meatballs, how do think this would taste w/ground beef?

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  46. Hi Gina; I have leftover turkey and would love to try these. Do you think they would freeze well? Would you freeze them before cooking or after?
    Thanks, I have enjoyed every recipe I have tried!

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  47. Yes this would freeze good, before or after you bake it. I make this with Leftover chicken, beef, turkey, even with cod fish!

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  48. This recipe will be good with left over salmon or steelhead trout as well. Maybe add some dill and a touch of dijon mustard to the mix. I will be making them as written for supper tonight, with left over Sweet Potato Brulee, cranberry sauce (thinned a bit for dipping) and broccoli.

    Thank you for your recipes. Being a long time Weight Watcher, I am always on the look out for recipes easily modified (if at all necessary) for Simply Filling/Core.

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  49. I made these last night with the last of the Thanksgiving turkey. Very flavorful- we liked it a lot! I've never made croquettes before so this was something new for me. Very impressed and will make again! Thank you!
    ~Amy :)

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  50. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes Gina! I had so much leftover turkey from Christmas and was very excited to try this recipe. I only had 3 smallish/med potatoes so I added in 1/3 head of a big cauliflower and they came out SO good! They were a bit mushy to work with but no one noticed any mistakes after they were baked ~.~ I LOVE your blog!

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  51. I just made this recipe. I used chicken because I don't have any left over turkey and it is fantastic. I added celery too because wanted to use some up and I was happy with the outcome. I love your site. I have tried so many recipes on here and am impressed with every one. You make me motivated to stay on Weight Watchers by giving me all these great idea that my whole family loves and that keep me on track. Down 42 pounds so far and I credit your recipes for helping me get there.

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  52. I made these with salmon recently and they were a big hit! I heard a tip on a PBS cooking show this weekend that I think I will incorporate next time. The chef suggested using a baked potato instead of boiled which made sense to me as it would be more dry. (He was making crab cakes.) Anyway, I served these with a little mayonnaise and dill. Thanks for posting it.

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  53. Could you use can salmon in this recipe?

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  54. I made these last night for our Halloween party at work. Everyone seemed to enjoy them. I did make a few adjustments though. I used chicken instead of turkey because that is what I had roasted the day before but instead of using potatoes I used roasted cauliflower. Which turned out well. I added too much chicken and it over powered the cauliflower but everyone still ate them up. Since this was my first attempt I now know how to adjust this to continuie to make it w/the cauliflower. and because I the mixture was pretty moist i did not have to dip them in egg before the bread crumbs they stuck and cooked perfectly. Thank you for the site. It has been new discover for me and I have been sharing it w/everyone!

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    1. Thank you I was wondering if you could replace the potatoes (since I'm allergic) with something ... cauliflower! Fantastic!

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  55. I wanted to make a dipping sauce for this dish. What would you recommend?

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    1. It would be great with turkey gravy.

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  56. How many points would it be with Salmon?

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  57. SO this may be a dumb question but I want to make this for dinner tonight and bought all the ingredients but realized I don't know how to make the "12 oz cooked turkey breast, chopped fine". I am not using any leftover turkey so I bought fresh, raw, turkey breast at my meat counter but how do I cook it for this recipe? Do I bake? Boil it? Do I season it? Please help if you have made this before and have tips! Thanks!

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  58. Would it work ok with cooked low fat turkey mince?

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