Corned Beef Fritters

Corned Beef Fritters

I’m always looking for something fun  to do with my leftover Corned Beef. I know it’s always good the next day just as is, but we so seldom have Corned Beef I really like to do something special. These Corned Beef Fritters are it!

Corned Beef Fritters

Corned Beef Fritters

I just mixed up some of our leftover corned beef, a little sauerkraut and a little (well a lot) of cheese, a few flavorings and stuffed it all in the center of a ball made from our leftover mashed potatoes…then I breaded and deep fried those suckers. And served them with home-made 1,000 Island Dressing.

They were the bomb! Which led me to speculate on names for these. I thought about Corned Beef Bombs or Reuben Bombs but then nixed the whole bomb thing because I thought it was too close to the Irish Car Bomb Cocktail or Cupcakes.

And if I might go on a rant, that name is insulting and I fail to see the humor in it. We wouldn’t want something named after any of the violent disasters that have happened in the States, would we?

Corned Beef Fritters

Corned Beef Fritters – filled with diced corned beef, cheese & a little touch of sauerkraut!

So then I thought maybe I’d call them Corned Beef Balls, then I thought for a half a minute about the unfortunate name of Leprauchan Balls which made me laugh because I have a sick sense of humor. Just sick. So Corned Beef Fritters they are. That’s certainly neutral enough! But the flavor isn’t neutral at all. They’re pretty amazing!

If I were going to do one thing differently, I think add just about two or three tablespoons of soft cream cheese to the filling mix. They were a little difficult to fill because the corned beef/cheese mixture was a little “fluffy.” Besides, they’d be even creamier then and the filling wouldn’t just kind of disappear into the potato part.

Make sure to fry these slowly because they’re kind of large and you need a little time for the center to get melty before the outside is too dark. Hope you enjoy them!! They’d be great with a beer on a game day!

Corned Beef Fritters

Corned Beef Fritters

Corned Beef Fritters

  • Servings: abt 10 balls
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • abt 3 cups cold, leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely diced corned beef
  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or other mustard of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Thousand Island Dressing for serving

Prepare breading station. In one bowl, place the flour and season with salt and pepper if desired. In another, place two eggs and thin with about two tablespoons of water. In the third bowl, add about 2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper, add herbs if using and mix.

For the filling, mix together the cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, cream cheese, mustard, honey and salt and pepper as desired. Taste and adjust flavoring to your liking.

Take heaping 1/3 cup of the mashed potatoes (a scoop works well for this) and place in your palm. Using your other hand, make a well in the potatoes and spoon in about a good, heaping teaspoon of the filling mixture. Close the potato over the filling, turning the ball around and smoothing out any cracks.

Place ball into the flour mixture. Make several balls in the same manner and place them into the flour as well. Working with one ball at a time, roll in the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs and set aside. Repeat until all the potato mixture is gone.

When ready to cook, heat enough oil to come up to a depth of about 4 inches in a deep pan to about 325 degrees. Working with two or three balls at a time, drop the balls in the oil, stirring around a bit and heat until the crust is nicely browned. When frying foods, they will continue to darken when removed from the oil.

Set aside on a rack to drain and cool for two to three minutes before serving with Thousand Island Dressing.

Cheese & Leftover Corned Beef stuffed into a mashed potato ball, breaded and fried! Dip it in 1000 Island for a full on Reuben experience.


I’ll be bringing this recipe to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by the incomparable Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook. Do stop by and take a peek at all the bloggers linking up their best creations.


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26 thoughts on “Corned Beef Fritters

  1. Pingback: 40 Leftover Corned Beef Recipes [Hash & More]

    • Oh, you poor deprived child! If you like things like pastrami, you’d like corned beef. Maybe it’s one of those things you have to get used to and want to like, but I love it!

  2. What a brilliant idea! These look like they would knock your socks off. And naming food is one of the hardest parts about blogging, I think!

    • I think you could try it – maybe put them on a rack and spray them with oil or pam or something but I don’t think they’d be the same! They would probably still be good but I don’t think they’d ever quite get that crispy exterior. But then a lot of foods are like that when baked instead of fried so you just have to weigh in your mind health vs taste!

  3. I am amazed by what you did with your leftover corned beef, Mollie. I love that you added cream cheese and Swiss cheese! These must taste divine. And did you say 1000 island dressing? Oh my – I also love that! Now, hand me over these! 😋 I am always happy to see you at Fiesta Friday, Mollie. Have a great weekend and happy Fiesta Friday!

  4. DANG, those look amazing Mollie! Unfortunately, “leftover” corned beef is not much of a problem here. We did have more the next day but still had all those potatoes, cabbage and carrots to eat with it! My hubby did buy an extra corned beef this year for the freezer, perhaps I can file this for that one. 🙂

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