Potato-Cheddar Croquettes

 One of my favorite websites is bodyrock.tv, which has great quick (and intense) workouts and healthy recipes. I have been very busy lately and I enjoy doing their quick workouts because I can (attempt to do) them in a short amount of time and get on with the rest of my day.  I have made time to make a derivation of one of the recipes on bodyrock.tv, and it turned out to be delicious and easy. Their potato cakes, which I decided to stud with cheese instead of just top with cheese, made a really good meal. I actually only made as many as I could eat at one time, then put the rest of the uncooked patties in the refrigerator. They became firm as they sat in the refrigerator and I was able to easily cook them as needed eat them over the course of several meals. I think mini versions of these would be perfect for a party and are great as a side dish or a main course. These remind me of the insides of a twice-baked potato but with a lot less hassle because you don't have to bother with stuffing the potato filling back into the potato skins. You just simply cook these up in a skillet and you're done.

Potato-Cheddar Croquettes
Printable Recipe

3 medium potatoes (each about 2-2 1/2" diameter)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 scallions, sliced
2 tbsp old-fashioned oats
2 oz cheddar cheese, finely diced
salt and pepper, to taste
non-stick cooking spray

1. After washing each potato, poke holes into the flesh and place them into a microwave. Use the "baked potato" setting on the microwave to cook the potatoes until soft, which should take 7-10 minutes on high.
2. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard. Place the potato flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the egg, scallion, oats, cheese, and salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash all the ingredients together with the fork.
3. Using your hands, form the mixture into 6 patties (it helps to spray your hands with non-stick spray) and in a medium skillet pre-heated over medium heat and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, cook the patties. Allow each patty to brown on both sides. Once the cheese melts, they are finished.

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