Croquetas de Carne (Meat Croquettes)


Croquetas (Croquettes)

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked ground beef

6 tbsp butter

2 tsp chopped onion

1 cup milk

½ cup flour

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1/8 grated nutmeg

1 tbsp dry wine

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped parsley

2 eggs beaten

1½ cup breadcrumbs or cracker meal

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

In a large skillet, melt butter (using low heat), add the chopped onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg and parsley. Sauté until onions are translucent.  As it starts to simmer, add the flour, stir constantly and slowly, add the milk, whisking until the mixture thickens to form a paste. (Try not to overcook. If it gets lumps, remove from heat)

Add the wine, lemon juice and meat, stirring constantly and vigorously for 2 min on low heat. Remove from heat, let it cool and refrigerate for about 1½ hrs.

Take the paste out and let it stand for 15 mins at room temperature. Take a generous 1 spoonful of the paste and shape it into a croquette. Repeat this with the rest of the paste. Dip each croquette into the beaten eggs and then coat into the breadcrumbs. Repeat this twice. Place the croquettes on a separate dish or working surface sprinkled with the breadcrumbs and let them rest for about 15 minutes before you fry them.

Using a large deep skillet, pour oil, about 4 inches deep on the skillet, and heat. When oil is ready, deep fry croquettes on medium-high. Depending on the skillet size, add 6-7 croquettes at a time. Fry until golden brown, turning them to get all sides cooked and fried. Place croquettes on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Makes about 25 medium sized or 35 small ones.

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