Potato Cheese Croquettes

  • Preparation Time70 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2 large eggs
300g cooked potatoes (baked or boiled) cooled
2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
30g unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp finely sliced fresh chives
2 tsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Pinch grated nutmeg
Pinch cayenne
1 tsp salt, plus more as needed
Freshly ground black pepper
85g Gorgonzola, cut into 1-cm cubes
75g Italian-style breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying
1) Whisk 1 of the eggs in a medium bowl. Mash the potatoes, or press through a ricer into the bowl.

2) Add the Parmesan, butter, chives, parsley, nutmeg, cayenne, salt and black pepper, to taste. Mix gently with a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

3) Using your hands, form the potato mixture into ovals a bit smaller than the size of an egg, and then flatten slightly. Press a cube of Gorgonzola into the center of the oval and pack the potato mixture around the cheese until it forms a smooth, egg-shaped ball. Continue until all the potato mixture is used up.

4) Beat the remaining egg in a shallow bowl. Put the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish and set it next to the egg. Roll a croquette in the egg until coated, then in the breadcrumbs, and place it on a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining croquettes. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

5) Pour enough vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet to reach a depth of 1cm. Heat the oil over medium heat, and fry the croquettes a few at a time, turning, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and salt to taste. Repeat with the remaining croquettes.

6) Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm.

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