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Oven-Baked Potato Croquettes

These baked potato croquettes are just as delicious as the deep-fried ones, but much lighter. Baking them in the oven is a healthier way to prepare them, and one that doesn’t compromise on taste or crunchyness.

We love preparing them as a starter, yet they also make for a great secondo piatto if you pair them with a salad or whatever you prefer. Try them also as a packed lunch: they’re amazing when hot, but also excellent at room temperature. To give them even more flavour, we’ve added dried thyme to the breading.


Serves: 6 | Preparation time: 30 mins | Cooking time: 40 mins

  • Yellow Potatoes: 800 g
  • Breadcrumbs: 150 g
  • Parmigiano cheese, grated: 50 g
  • Eggs: 2 eggs + 1 yolk
  • Nutmeg: ½ tsp
  • Thyme, dried: as needed
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Method

Tip: We suggest you to use potatoes with yellow flesh or red skin, as they will give you the best results.

Thoroughly wash the potatoes, then cut them into wedges and boil them in a large pot for at least 20 minutes. Prick them with a fork to verify they are ready.

Tip: If you choose potatoes that are similar in size, they will all be ready at the same time and you won’t risk having parts that are undercooked.

Mash the potatoes. If you use a potato masher you won’t have to peel them, as the skin stays into the masher.

Let the potatoes cool down at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 180°C – 350 F – Gas Mark 4

Mix potatoes with the egg yolk, grated Parmigiano, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Gently knead this soft potato dough with your hands.

Tip: If the mixture is too dry, simply add a drop of milk.

Take a small amount of the dough and roll it on a lightly floured work surface until you get a small cylinder. This will be your first croquette. Proceed in the same fashion with the rest of the dough.

Beat up the eggs in a small bowl and put aside. Put the breadcrumbs in a shallow plate, and the thyme in another one.

Dip each croquette in the eggs, then evenly coat them by rolling them first in the breadcrumbs with thyme. Place them on an oven tray lined with baking paper, drizzle some olive oil on top. Bake 180°C – 350 F – Gas Mark 4 for 20 to 25 minutes.

Leave the croquettes to cool down slightly before serving them.

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