Crispy croquettes with a cooling cucumber dip

Crispy croquettes with a cooling cucumber dip
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 15 minutes to make, 15 minutes to cook

These crispy vegetarian croquettes are served with a cooling cucumber dip and are perfect finger food.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
411kcals,
Fat
27g (11.8g saturated)
Protein
16.2g
Carbohydrates
25.5g (6.5g sugars)
Salt
1.1g
Calories
411kcals,
Fat
27g (11.8g saturated)
Protein
16.2g
Carbohydrates
25.5g (6.5g sugars)
Salt
1.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A knob of butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large crushed garlic cloves
  • 200g chopped leek
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 100g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp beer (such as Badger Organic Dandelion ale)
  • 100g finely grated mature Cheddar
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the raita dip

 

  • ½ cucumber
  • 200g Greek yogurt
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • A handful of chopped fresh mint leaves

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and a knob of butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Finely chop 1 large onion and fry with 2 large crushed garlic cloves for 5 minutes until softened. Increase the heat to medium, add 200g chopped leek to the pan with ½ tsp chilli flakes and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Remove to a large bowl and cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make the raita dip: grate ½ cucumber and mix with 200g Greek yogurt, 1 crushed garlic clove and a handful of chopped fresh mint leaves. Season and set aside. Stir 100g fresh white breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp beer (such as Badger Organic Dandelion ale) and 100g finely grated mature Cheddar through the cooled onion mix. Separate 1 large free-range egg, add the yolk to the bowl, season and mix well. Shape into 12 walnut-size croquettes. Dip each one first in the egg white, then roll in fresh white breadcrumbs (about 25g) to coat. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, then fry the croquettes for about 6 minutes, turning now and then, until golden, crisp and piping hot. Serve with a crisp green salad and the raita on the side.

delicious. tips

  1. You can freeze the raw croquettes for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before cooking.

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