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Opa’S Smoked Turkey Croquettes

Opa’s Smoked Turkey Croquettes
These delicious turkey croquettes are a great way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers. Serve with cranberry sauce and leftover mashed potatoes or you favorite side dishes. Feel free to make these croquettes with diced cooked chicken.


• 2 cups Opa’s Smoked Turkey or Opa’s Smoked Chicken. diced

• 3 tablespoons butter
• 5 tablespoons flour, sifted
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
• 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 teaspoon grated onion
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 1 cup croquette sauce
• salt and pepper to taste
• 3/4 cup bread crumbs
• 1 egg, beaten


Sauce: In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; add flour. Blend thoroughly, until smooth and bubbly; add milk, celery salt, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Makes 2 1/2 cups sauce.
Combine diced turkey with 1 cup of the sauce, salt and pepper. Shape into balls. Dip in crumbs, then in egg, then again in crumbs. Fry in deep fat at about 360° to 370°. If remaining sauce is too thick, thin with a little milk and heat through. Pour remaining sauce over the finished croquettes; serve hot. Chopped pimientos, finely chopped green pepper, or chopped mushrooms may be added to the croquettes.

Serves 4 to 6.