Potato Croquettes Recipe

As if croquettes aren’t delicious enough, sometimes Spaniards add creamy potatoes into the mix. These irresistible potato croquettes are perfect for dipping in spicy bravas sauce or creamy romesco.

Portuguese croquettes

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Potato Croquettes
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Creamy potato croquettes are easy to make and a delicious snack any time of day.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 6
  • 8 tablespoons (120 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (120 grams) of all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2¼ cups (535 ml) whole milk, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2 cups (475 ml) light cream, at room temperature (important!)
  • 4 tablespoons (60 grams) of unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 medium sized potatoes
  • Salt
  1. Wash and peel the potatoes and cut them into equal sized chunks.
  2. Cover them with cold water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add salt and boil until a butter knife pierces through easily.
  4. Strain all water and mash.
  5. Set apart 2 heaping cups of the potato puree for the recipe.
  6. Make the bechamel sauce by first melting the 8 T of butter on a medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
  7. Once it is melted, slowly add in the flour, always stirring so that it doesn't stick.
  8. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes to completely cook the flour.
  9. Finally, add the milk and cream, a little at a time, alternating between additions over about a half an hour, constantly stirring.
  10. When you have a creamy bechamel without any lumps, add the mashed potato (which should still be hot) and a pinch of salt.
  11. Using either a hand blender or a countertop blender, blend the sauce while adding the cubed butter.
  12. When the mixture is smooth, let it cool completely, for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  13. Finally, form the croquettes with your hands and dip them in beaten egg followed by breadcrumbs.
  14. Let the formed croquettes rest in the fridge for another two hours before frying them (or they could also be frozen at this point).
  15. Fry the croquettes in hot olive oil (if possible) or vegetable oil/sunflower oil if not.
  16. Let the potato croquettes rest on paper towels and serve hot with dipping sauces if desired.

Potato croquettes are my go-to recipe for a fun tapas party, and kids love them too! They may be time consuming, but worth every bite!

Lauren Aloise
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Lauren Aloise

Professional eater, writer, cook, food tour operator. Fascinated by food and its history. Loves: a gooey slice of tortilla, fish markets, homemade cocktails, train travel. Hates: Overhyped restaurants, wine snobs, long menus, mediocrity. Check out my food tours at www.devourspain.com.
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  1. says

    I’m loving how you’ve made these croquettes, Lauren. No breadcrumbs, where’s the aioli and they’ll be gone in seconds.

    We share some locations between us. I was offered a soccer scholarship at your University back in the day. I then lived in Jerez for a year while I was doing my flying training. I don’t have any Madrid connections!

    Looking forward to your updates.


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