Vegetarian Croquettes

    Vegetarian Croquettes

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    50min


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    Croquettes are a delightful snack and very easy to prepare. These ones are made with potatoes, spinach and Parmesan cheese.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 7 

    • 500g starchy potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 4 teaspoons butter
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
    • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
    • 1 1/3 cups dry breadcrumbs

    Directions
    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the potatoes into a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until tender enough to easily pierce with a fork. Drain and toss gently over low heat for a minute to completely dry out. Press them through a sieve or mash with a potato masher until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix in the butter and egg yolk, then spread out on a tray to cool.
    2. Preheat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep saucepan to 180C. The oil is the proper temperature when a cube of bread browns in about 15 seconds.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese and spinach. Blend in the mashed potatoes. On a floured surface, using floured hands, roll small handfuls of the mixture into cylinders about 2cm thick and 6cm long. Tap the ends to flatten.
    4. Season 1/2 cup of flour with salt and pepper and place on a tray. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and peanut oil. Place the bread crumbs into a separate shallow bowl. Roll the croquettes in seasoned flour, dip into the egg and then coat with breadcrumbs.
    5. Fry the croquettes a few at a time until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Carefully remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

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