Mash potatoes croquettes

2015-01-06
  • Yield : 15-20 balls
  • Servings : 8 people
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

Mash potatoes croquettes
Basic Croquettes that can be an absolute hit as a starter to whet the appetite. These mash potato croquettes have a soft béchamel centre and can be spiced up with a variety of other leftovers.

Method

Step 1

Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan and sauté the onions until soft (not letting them brown) Stir in the potato mash and sautee them along with the onions. Keep stirring till the potato mash comes together into a single large ball. Season this mixture with the nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Step 2

Make the Bechamel Sauce. Mix with the potato mash and stir till the mixture is coming of the sides of the pan.Optionally add fried bacon crumbs to the mix. You can pretty much add any other flavoured meat to the mix.

Step 3

Spread the mixture in a dish and put in the fridge until it is solid, for about 6 hours. (overnight would be best).

Step 4

When ready beat the eggs in a shallow dish and the breadcrumbs in another. With moistened hands form the croquettes into cylinders and the (with dry hands) dip each one first into flour, then into the egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Take care that they are well covered and leave to dry in a cool place for about 30 minutes. When ready deep fry the croquettes in the oil for approx 3 minutes or until golden brown.


My Notes
1. This is an amazing recipe that can be used to make croquettes with different types of fillings.
2. The trick is to make the Béchamel sauce rather thin and then the mixture needs plenty of chilling time to be firm enough to be shaped properly.
3. The balls can be shaped into balls, ovals or cylinders.
4. The croquettes can be shaped and breaded well ahead of time.
5. The filling can be leftover chicken, vegetables ….. anything that is reasonably dry and has taste and flavour of its own!!
6. The filling made from Chicken with garlic makes divine croquettes!!

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