Potatoes are a magical vegetable. What I love most about potatoes is the ability to transform a simple potato into a savory meal. So, if you are unfamiliar with potato croquettes, you are in for a special treat. And not only are these mashed potato croquettes savory and delicious, but my recipe is vegan and cheesy! So, let's make some yummy vegan croquettes!
What are potato croquettes?
A croquette is a type of dumping consisting of a thick binder that is bread or fried. Although most croquettes contain meat, cheese, or vegetables, vegan potato croquettes are a veganized version of an otherwise savory treat.
When researching the meaning and origin of the word croquette, croquette means 'crunchy' and originated in France. Traditionally, ingredients in potato croquettes are butter, flour, milk, whatever meat or vegetable you are using in the stuffing, salt, eggs, and breadcrumbs. But the secret to the gooey texture is mixing some of the ingredients into a bechamel sauce. Once the mixture has set, you make them into rolls, fry them up, and pop an endless amount into your mouth.
But, vegan croquettes are healthy and oil-free, made with whole foods, and air-fried or baked.
How to make mashed potato croquettes?
- Potatoes: Peeled baking potatoes, cut into equal-sized pieces, and boiled for 15 minutes until softened in salted water.
- I like oat milk, but any pant milk works well. But, make sure you select unsweetened, unflavored plant milk.
- Nutritional Yeast: This cheesy vegan ingredient gives it the creamy cheese taste. If you don't care for nutritional yeast, use any favorite vegan cheese, or skip the cheesy component altogether.
- Flour Wash: A combination of garbanzo flour and water for a sticky wash to dredge before adding to a bread crumb mixture. Substitute any flour of choice (whole-grain or any flour of choice)
- Bread Crumb Mixture: Bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder. Make your bread crumbs by toasting bread and processing in a food processor (gluten-free or oil-free bread) or store-bought bread crumbs.
- Seasonings and Herbs: Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, Fresh Garlic, and fresh parsley
- Green Onions: Chopped finely
As a result, the mashed potato mixture is thicker than a typical mashed potato. Because potatoes vary in size, add the plant milk slowly, possibly requiring less or more milk depending on the texture. So the final product is NOT creamy.
What dip to serve with mashed potato croquettes
As many of you know, I love dips and sauces. To me, a great sauce served with a savory potato is magical. For this recipe, I served a vegan bacon-flavored dip.
But if you don't like a smokey, creamy dip, there are many other vegan options.
- Marinara Sauce
- Ranch Dressing
- Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- Oil-Free Pizza Sauce
- Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Lemon Basil Dressing
- French Dressing
- Green Goddess Dressing
- Creamy Italian Dressing
- Maple Dijon Dressing
How to store leftover vegan potato croquettes
- Once the potato croquettes are formed, before dredging in the flour wash and bread crumbs, freeze the croquettes for up to 3 months. Then, thaw entirely before dredging in the wash and bread crumbs before cooking.
- Or, form the croquettes and place them on a baking sheet covered for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Another option is to make the mashed potato mixture and refrigerate it in a bowl until ready to form the croquettes.
- Choose your shape. Croquettes are often oval-shaped or formed into a cylinder shape. Or, make them circular golf balls by using an ice cream scooper or a cookie scoop for a bit-sized croquette.
- Air-frying is my favorite way to cook croquettes, but baking is also an option if you don't have an air-frier.
- Making smaller croquettes (cookie scoop size) reduces cooking time in half.
- For a gluten-free option, choose a gluten-free flour and make your gluten-free bread crumbs by toasting gluten-free bread and using a food processor to process it into bread crumbs.
- Similarly, use oil-free bread, such as Dave's bread, toast, and a food processor to make your oil-free bread crumbs.
- Change the flavor of the vegan potato croquettes by changing the seasoning combination. For example, do you want a smokey flavor, add smoked paprika or a small amount of liquid smoke. Or, if you want Italian croquettes, add Italian seasoning and Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Add cumin or chili powder for a Mexican flair as an alternative seasoning. In other words, the various ways to enjoy these tasty potato poppers are endless.
- One slice of bread fields about 1/3 cup of bread crumbs; the amount may vary based on the size of the sliced bread.
Even my grand dog, Lenna, wanted to try one!
How do I reheat potato croquettes?
- Place them on a baking sheet in a hot oven (350°) for 10 minutes to reheat. Or, you can reheat them in an air fryer for 4 or 5 minutes.
Are potato croquettes vegan?
- Although traditional potato croquettes are not vegan, they are easily vegan using plant-based whole foods.
What to serve with potato croquettes?
- Because the main ingredient is potatoes, I suggest serving with a large green salad, Kidney Bean Salad, Chopped Kale Salad, Green Bean Salad Recipe, Autumn Pear Salad Recipe, or steamed or grilled vegetables.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂