Love-Filled Croquettes for Valentine’s Day! {Recipe}

No idea what to do for Valentine’s Day? Tired of the typical chocolate and candy gifts? Need a last-minute idea that you can easily make? Try making these tasty, love-filled croquettes! You can even hide veggies in them. Win win win! Also, I may or may not have eaten 10 by myself. Umm…

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I hope you have love today and everyday, whether it be from your partner, family members, best friends, or fur-children!


TISHA’S LOVE-FILLED CROQUETTES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 large red potatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 baby leeks
  • 3-5 white button mushrooms 
  • 3-5 stalks of tenderstem broccoli
  • 4 slices of cooked ham, chopped into small squares
  • Cheddar cheese, cut into small squares
  • Salt to taste
  • Whole milk (try not to substitute)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 large eggs
  • Tempura crumbs or breadcrumbs (depends on your preference)

METHOD:

  1. Chop carrots, leeks, mushrooms, and broccoli and shallot into small pieces. While still raw, blitz them in a processor to minch the vegwithout turning it into slush. 
  2. Remove from processor and cook in a small pot with a little oil, salt, and minced garlic. Once cooked fully, turn off heat and put aside. If any, remove any excess water from the veg. 
  3. Boil potatoes in seasoned water. Once cooked, remove all water and allow it to sit whilst draining. Once the water is completely drained, transfer to a clean dish and mash. Add  a tablespoon or whole milk to add creaminess. If you only have semi-skimmed, start by using less liquid than recommended. You want the mash to be creamy but stay stiff so that it can keep its shape well. Allow to cool.
  4. Mix veg, cheese, and ham by gently folding all ingredients into the mash. Taste to determine whether or not more salt is required. 
  5. Roll into balls with the palms of your hand and place on a cutting board.
  6. Prepare 3 bowls for the flour, egg, and tempura or breadcrumbs. You will need flour for dredging, egg for dipping, and tempura/breadcrumbs for coating your croquettes.
  7. Coat the bottom of a drinking glass in flour and use it to flatten the mashed potato balls. This is an easy way to create the shape of your croquette. They can be anywhere from 1/2-1″ thick. Make sure the edges do not fray. If they do, gently smooth them out in the palm of your hands. 
  8. Take the croquette and dredge in flour. Then dip in egg and use a spoon to fully coat both sides. Remove from egg and dip into your coating of choice. (In this video, I used tempura crumbs.) Continue this process until all croquettes are coated. 
  9. In a non-stick pan, add enough oil for a shallow fry. When hot, fry each side of the croquette until you get alovely browning. When both sides are browned, dry on paper towels. 
  10. Enjoy immediately. 

The tempura crunchiness is perfect when just cooked. The cubes of cheese also get perfectly melty when it’s fresh, so when you bite into it, you get this sexy stretch of cheese. Ugh. It’s beautiful. with your loved ones or hide them away for yourself You guys know I don’t judge cus I do the same!

PRO-TIPS: 

  1. If you have heart-shaped cutters, you can make heart shaped croquettes. Just roll out the mash to be 1/2-1″ thick and cut them out.
  2. Using a wider bowl for the tempura or breadcrumbs will make it easier to coat your croquettes. 
  3. If using tempura, make sure you eat them almost immediately. I’ve noticed that the tempura crumbed breading won’t stay very crunchy the day after. However, breadcrumbed croquettes aren’t too crunchy to start with, so they stay pretty consistent even the day after. If I were to compare the two, I’d say it wins the “I made extra, let’s eat some tomorrow” taste test. 

Both are deliciously, and pretty much fool proof. Not feeling like hiding veggies? Just use cheese and ham. A vegetarian? Omit the ham, and go for cheese! Dislike cheese? Nobody can help you. 

Just kidding! You can literally add any savoury toppings you like as long as it’s not too watery. Too much water will make the mash difficult to shape. I hope this recipe helps make many bellies happy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Xoxo!