Growing up in New Jersey I learned to love "Diner Food" and I could always count on Turkey or Chicken Croquettes to be on the menu. This is my recreation of that classic diner dish.
Old Fashioned Turkey Croquettes-
It never fails that every time I roast a turkey, I always have more turkey than we can eat before we get tired of it. I re-use the leftovers just about every way you can think of, but a good portion always ends up in the freezer and never gets used.
And that’s why I started making Turkey Croquettes!
What is a Croquette?
“A Croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, ground meat (veal, beef, chicken, or turkey), shellfish, fish, ham, cheese, mashed potatoes or vegetables, and mixed with béchamel or brown sauce, and soaked white bread, egg, onion, spices and herbs, wine, milk, beer, or some combination, sometimes with a filling, such as sautéed onions, mushrooms, or boiled eggs.
The croquette is usually shaped into a cylinder, disk, or oval shape, and then deep-fried. The croquette (from the French croquer, “to crunch”) has gained worldwide popularity, both as a delicacy and as fast food.”
While I wasn’t born in New Jersey, we moved here when I was pretty young and at the height of New Jersey’s love affair with Diners.
I remember reading that pretty much all the diners in the country were made in New Jersey. Of course, those were the days of the shiny aluminum sided diners with the Formica tabletops, and jukebox players at every table…….sigh, those were the days.
It didn’t matter what you got, the portion was huge and it was homemade and just plain delicious, and you could always find Turkey Croquettes on the menu. Even the shape was different then, more like a cone with a flat top.
So what do you do with leftover Turkey? You make croquettes, and enjoy a taste of the past.
Not only is this a great way to use up leftover turkey, but it’s also a wonderful way to introduce a new generation to the joys of true Diner Food. Enjoy these croquettes with a salad, soup or indulge with a side of mashed potatoes and lots of turkey gravy!
You’ll find different views on how to make croquettes, some folks use mashed potatoes and others use stuffing.
I’ve always found that stuffing makes a lighter tastier croquette that doesn’t sink like a lead weight in your stomach. I promise you’ll like my stuffing version better!
But any way you make them you’re making a New Jersey Diner Classic!
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