My passion for potatoes continues! If you are new to my site I will tell now: Potatoes are my favorite food in the world. Yes, potatoes. There are so many ways and so many seasonings and cooking methods at our fingertips it can be overwhelming. Whether you are using leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes or making a new batch for this recipe, these potato bacon croquettes are worth exploring.
The addition of gorgonzola to this dish was inspired by a food memory from many years ago. I was managing a restaurant in a hotel and there was an international food promotion. One of the recipes was gorgonzola mashed potatoes wrapped in an African brik pastry also known as a warqua. The pastry was rolled into what looked like a cigar, then sliced in half. It was served on the side of a grilled steak with a port wine reduction.
I'm embarrassed to admit how many of these I ate during that promotion. I was not a gorgonzola person back then. I was a potato person, for sure, but adding that pungent cheese to mashed potatoes was insane. To this day, it remains one of my favorite things I've ever eaten in my life! I loved dipping it in the port wine sauce and I can't think of a better side to a steak than potatoes. So I took those flavors and made croquettes! That being said, not only will this make a great appetizer for your next gathering - you can easily serve this as a side dish to a big juicy steak!
Rolling the croquettes requires a delicate touch
I like the oval, tubular shape of a croquette, but guess what? You don't have to make them this shape if you don't want to. You can easily roll them into balls and they will just as fabulous! Or potato patties if you like! Also, I am split on whether you need to cool the potato mixture down before rolling them. I've done it both ways. You can't really shape them while they are still piping hot, so they should sit for a few minutes. But I didn't find a huge difference either way if I let them sit on the counter for 10 minutes to cool compared to refrigerating for 30 minutes or more. The choice is yours! Proceed with what makes you comfortable.
Remember that you can also freeze these - take a look at the notes in my recipe card for more info. Oh, and if you're looking for more appetizer ideas, be sure to check out my Stuffed Mushrooms w/Sausage, Panko & Cheddar or my Apple Brie Crostini w/Pecans & HoneyPrint