My First Time Making Potato Croquettes…

Lus May 28, 2011 2

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Making Potato Croquettes…Let’s see how this goes…

History: The croquette (from the French croquer, “to crunch”) was a French invention that gained worldwide popularity, both as a delicacy and as a fast food.

Croquettes are small fried food rolls usually containing mashed potatoes, rice (like in arancini) other versions also exist with minced meat (veal, beef, chicken, or turkey, etc). Other versions may include shellfish, fish, vegetables, and soaked white bread, egg, onion, milk, or any of the combination thereof, sometimes with a filling (in my case, cheese is usually the filling), then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried.

The croquette is usually shaped into a cylinder or football shaped, rolled in bread crumbs and then fried…deep or pan…both work just great :)

My First Attempt at Potato Croquettes

My First Attempt at Potato Croquettes

Why it’s awesome: Think of mashed potatoes….with cheese added and then fried….that’s why it’s awesome, end of story.

Ingredients & Portions:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 eggs: 2 for the mixture and 2 for the egg wash
  • another 2 eggs for the egg wash
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese of your choice
  • cheese of your choice for the center
  • 1/4 lb sliced ham (chopped into small pieces)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Your choice of cheese (or none at all) for the center
  • 1/4 lb sliced ham (chopped into small pieces)

Servings: Depends on the size of your croquettes anywhere from 15 large to 20 medium sized pieces.

Cook time & Directions:

Potato Mix:

  1. Boil 4 large peeled & cubed potatoes
  2. Mash your patates or run them through a potato press aka ricer….let cool for approx 5 minutes
  3. Crush your garlic with a press and add
  4. Add your milk, and 2 eggs (potato mix should be cold before you add the eggs)
  5. Add 1/2 cup of grated cheese of your choice
  6. Mix in your chopped ham
  7. Slice your choice of cheese into strips for the center

Rolling Croquettes:

  1. Take a piece of your cheese strips
  2. Use approximately 2-3 tbsp or palm full of potatoes and insert the cheese strip in the center.
  3. Now roll the potato over the cheese strip so it encircles it
  4. Start rolling balls or football (cylindrical) shapes, make sure they’re well packed and not loose
  5. Roll into egg wash and then into your bread crumbs
  6. …set aside and repeat until your potato mix is gone
  7. Now just fry until golden brown, drain on a paper towel if you know what’s good for ya!Voila, you’re ready to eat!Bon Appetit!

Here’s a nice and simple little video on the whole Potato Croquette process.

2 Comments »

  1. Penny June 2, 2011 at 9:39 am -

    This is sinfully good and should only be eaten once a year lol!

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