If you find yourself with leftover mashed potatoes, you need to make these mashed potato croquettes.

If you have leftover gravy, these are perfect dipped into gravy!

Side note:  if you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, Simply Potatoes are really delicious!

How long do mashed potatoes last in the fridge?

You can eat leftover mashed potatoes 3-5 days after they are made.  Just store in an airtight container in your fridge. They state there are a few telltale signs that your potatoes have gone bad. The first and most obvious is moldy patches. Any discoloration means it is time to toss the whole container.

Ingredients Needed 

  • leftover mashed potatoes
  • cheddar cheese
  • panko bread crumbs
  • seasonings:  I used garlic powder, salt and pepper
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Mashed Potato Croquettes

Yield: 4 servings, 2 per person
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

If you have leftover mashed potatoes, try these air fried potato croquettes - only 2 WW points each!


  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (perfect to use up leftovers!)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Mix the mashed potatoes, 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, cheese, and seasonings and mix until combined.
  2. Using a melon baller, divide the mixture into 8 balls.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from freezer, shape into a ball and dip into the remaining 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs.
  5. Spray with avocado oil spray and air fry at 360 for 10 minutes, and 2 minutes at 400.
  6. Let cool five minutes - they will be delicate to start, but once cooled they will firm up.
  7. Optional: Dip into leftover gravy.


As of the date of publication, one serving is 4 WW points (or 2 WW points per croquette). Click here for the WW tracker.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 585mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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These are light, crispy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside.  Highly recommend dipping them into gravy!

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If you or someone you know is diabetic, did you know that if you cook potatoes, rice and pasta ahead of time, then cool completely and store in the fridge, even when reheated they can reduce your blood sugar spike by up to 40%!

Every Sunday I bake a couple potatoes, a cup of rice and two cups of pasta to use throughout the week.  When I eat my starches like this, I take much less insulin.  The more you know!