Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes

You’ll need a deep fat fryer for this recipe – the Crisp ‘n Dry oil helps to give a delicious crunchy texture and golden colour. This is a great recipe for using up leftover mashed potato. You could try swapping the ham for chorizo and adding a chopped chilli for a spicy version, or using your favourite cheese in place of cheddar.

Ingredients



3 litres Crisp ‘n Dry (or enough for your deep-fat fryer)
500g potatoes, peeled and cut into even sized chunks (or leftover mashed potatoes)
Sea salt
Good pinch ground nutmeg
2 spring onions, finely sliced
100g cooked ham, finely chopped
100g cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
120g panko breadcrumbs

To serve
4 tbs mayonnaise
1 red chilli, very finely chopped
Few fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Step 1

Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender then drain and mash. Season with a generous pinch of salt and nutmeg. Alternatively, if using leftover mashed potato, season it with nutmeg and stir in, along with a tablespoon of boiling water to loosen slightly.

Step 2

Fry the spring onions in a teaspoonful of Crisp ‘n Dry then add to the potato and stir in. Leave for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Stir in the ham and cheese.

Step 3

Divide the potato mixture into about 14 pieces and form into short cylinder shapes with clean hands. Chill for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Place the beaten egg into a shallow bowl and the breadcrumbs into another.

Step 5

Heat the oil in your deep fryer set to 170ºC.

Step 6

Dip the croquettes into the egg then roll in the crumbs. They will be quite soft but don’t worry if they’re not perfectly shaped.

Step 7

Place a few croquettes at a time into the fryer basket and carefully lower into the oil. Fry for 4-5 minutes until crunchy and golden all over then drain on kitchen paper while you cook the rest.

Step 8

Put the mayonnaise into a small bowl and scatter over the chopped chilli and parsley. Serve with the croquettes. Great for a starter or snack with some chopped salad, or as part of a buffet.

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