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Published April 11th 2012
Croquettes (pronounced kroh-kets) are simply mashed potato balls - breadcrumbed and fried - which can be served as a meal with salad, or as a side to a meat dish. They are quite easy to make, and although they do take a bit of time to prepare, they can help to turn your meal into something a little more special.
1. Peel the potatoes and chop them into small pieces. Boil them until they're soft, and then drain.
2. Mash the potato pieces in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks, butter, flour and grated cheese to the mashed potato and mix well. 3. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.
While that's sitting in the fridge, you will need to prepare the rest of the ingredients, so that you can turn your potato mash into potato croquettes.
To form and crumb your croquettes, you will need:
1/3 cup (50g) plain flour (to use on your hands later)
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup (100g) breadcrumbs
vegetable oil (will be used for frying the potato balls afterwards)
4. Take the mashed potato out of the fridge.
5. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl. Add the milk to the eggs, and then mix them together.
6. Lightly coat your hands in some plain flour, and then, using your hands, roll the potato mixture into balls. You can lightly dust some extra flour onto the balls if you wish. This will stop the mixture from sticking to your skin.
7. Roll the balls into the egg and milk mixture, coating them entirely, and then roll them in the breadcrumbs, so that they are completely covered.
8. Refrigerate again for approximately 30 minutes.
After the refrigeration time is up, you can prepare the balls for frying.
9. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan.
10. Put several of the balls into the oil and fry them until they are a golden brown colour. It's better to fry them a few at a time so that you don't get overloaded with too many at once.
11. Place the balls onto absorbent paper to allow the excess oil to drain away.
12. Serve with a salad, or alongside a meat dish.
If you feel like being creative, you could even add other items to the potato mixture to make the croquettes into more of a meal, such as pieces of cooked bacon, chunks of cheese or perhaps some cooked chicken and herbs. The possibilities are endless!