Eastern-style croquettes

Eastern-style croquettes

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Makes
18
Photographer
Alan Benson

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons oil, plus extra for deep-frying
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
2 fresh green chillies, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
500g minced beef
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus extra to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra to taste
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
6 spring onions, finely chopped
1kg potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 egg, beaten
dry breadcrumbs, for coating

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large heavy-based frying pan over low heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli and stir-fry until soft. Add the ground coriander, cumin and beef and cook, breaking up any large lumps of meat, until the meat changes colour. Add the salt and pepper, cover, and cook until meat is tender. (There should be no liquid left when the meat is cooked.) Stir in the coriander leaves and allow to cool. When cold stir in the spring onion.
  2. Season the mashed potato with salt and pepper, to taste. Take 2 tablespoons of mashed potato in one hand, flatten slightly, then put 1 tablespoon of meat mixture in the centre. Mould the potato around the meat to form an oval shape, known as a croquette, enclosing the meat. Set aside on a large tray and repeat with the remaining meat and potato.
  3. Heat the extra oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Dip each croquette first in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. When the oil is hot, deep-fry the croquettes, in batches, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and serve hot with chilli sauce.
Tags:
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Charmaine
Solomon
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