Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes are the perfect accompaniment to a simple salad or a dish of stewed meat. Kids love it! It is very easy to make them yourself and they are much tastier than anything you can buy in the store. These industrial products always include an extended list of ingredients whereas homemade, they only contain potatoes, egg yolks, butter and seasoning. The whole thing is then surrounded by a crispy breadcrumb.

Potato Croquettes:

1 kg mashed potatoes
40g butter
3 egg yolks
salt pepper
1 loaf of bread
2 small eggs
frying oil

Start by preparing the breadcrumbs. Finely blend the baguette, which is still fresh, then place it on a tray and let it harden in the open air or in the oven that has been turned off, but is still hot from another cooking process.

Peel the potatoes and cook them in a suitable, covered dish for about 15 minutes in the microwave.

Pass the still hot potatoes through a vegetable mill.
Add the butter in pieces and mix well.
Let cool slightly before adding the egg yolks one by one, mixing well between each one.

Spread the puree on a dish, wrap in cling film and leave to cool completely in the fridge.

Flour the work surface and place the puree. Cut 4 pieces.
Make a long sausage in the first piece then cut into 5 or 6 pieces.
Do the same for all the mash.

Dip each piece in the beaten and seasoned eggs then in the breadcrumbs.

Refrigerate until cooked.

Heat a frying pan and immerse 5 to 6 croquettes at a time. Let brown for a few minutes.
Serve immediately.

To finish: with these quantities you will obtain enough kibbles for 6 to 8 people according to the appetite.

For breadcrumbs, we often mix hard bread. The result is a powder that is too fine for my taste. By doing the same thing with bread that is still fresh, we keep more texture and we get closer to panko breadcrumbs. For that, I take the first price baguette from my supermarket. You will have some left over for other preparations. It keeps very well in a tin.

Cooking potatoes in the microwave is perfect for very dry potatoes. If you prefer cooking in water, you may need to add a little flour.

You can also make small balls, like hazelnut apples.

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