Around the World #1: Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo), Apple fritters and a round up


croquettes_collageDSC_0959My culinary adventures in Spanish cuisine these past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful. The family has enjoyed and appreciated every single one of the dishes made – Paella, flan, tortilla omelet, sizzling shrimp, chicken croquettes and apple fritters! I have posted the first 4 recipes and the rest 2 are in this post. Reading up about Spain and its cuisine and then making and actually enjoying these foods made us feel as if we had visited Spain already. So this will definitely bode us well whenever we do end up visiting Spain.

I have also been looking up Spanish recipes online and pinning them for trying out in the future. So I decided to do a round up here of some of these fabulous recipes for you guys since this would be my last post on Spain! Since I would like to go to another country next although I am sure I will make and continue to post other spanish recipes every now and then.  If you know of any other great recipes, please drop in a comment with the link so I can update this post with those recipes as well.

I made these chicken croquettes this past weekend and boy, were they amazing? Actually that’s what my kids labeled it – ‘amazing chicken bites’! My son who seems to have developed a keen interest lately in food judging and reviewing owing to us watching ‘Chopped’ all the time, had this to say – ” Love love love these croquettes – the combination of crispy crust and creamy, gooey chicken filling inside makes them simply irresistible and so addictive! ” Now that was a true statement since these croquettes were all gone so fast!. These are indeed a great appetizer and ( anytime snack for growing kids! ).

My friend Angela has done a video recipe for the chicken croquettes – Her recipe is slightly different than the one I give below – Check her video out.

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The apple fritters are another great snack that I tried recently and they were delicious! These could also be a great dessert if you serve it with some ice cream! So yummy!

I am bringing these delicious chicken croquettes and apple fritters to Fiesta Friday this week!

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Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo)

  • Time: About 40 MINUTES
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Recipe adapted from Savoring Spain and Portugal by Joyce Goldstein

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • about 1/2 lb of boneless chicken (or 250 g) preferably thigh pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • pinch of red chili powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I used garam masala! )
  • 1 egg, separated into egg yolk and white
  • dried bread crumbs (I used Panko! )
  • Light Olive oil for deep frying

Method:

In a medium size deep frying pan, add the olive oil and when hot, add the chicken pieces. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken and sauté for about 2-3 minutes and then cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or so until the chicken pieces are cooked. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Let cool and then shred to small pieces with your hands. Keep aside.

Next in the same pan, add the chopped onions and sauté for about 7-8 minutes on medium heat until the onions are well cooked. Then add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk and keep stirring until you get a creamy sauce.

Add the cinnamon, red chili (if adding) and stir and the chicken and turn the heat off. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes and then add the egg yolk and mix again to blend it well.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan.

While the oil is heating, keep a tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper.  Place the bread crumbs in a small plate.  Beat the egg white slightly and keep it in a bowl.

For making the croquettes, make small balls of the chicken mixture using your hands (or you can use two spoons) and dip into the egg white mixture first and then roll them over on the bread crumbs to uniformly coat. Place the balls on the parchment lined tray.

Deep fry the balls 5-6 at a time until they turn golden brown on both sides (about 2 minutes total) and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.

Serve hot! No dipping sauce needed!

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Apple Fritters(Bunuelos de Manzana)

  • Time: About 40 MINUTES
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Apple Fitters

Recipe adapted from Savoring Spain and Portugal by Joyce Goldstein

Ingredients:

  • 2 large apples (Golden delicious, Gala, Fuji or Mcintosh), peeled and sliced thinly lengthwise (about 1/2 inch)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp anise liqueur (or flavored brandy)
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar
  • Extra light olive oil for deep frying

Place the sliced apples in a bowl and add the sugar and the liqueur or brandy and toss the apples well in the mixture. Let stand for about an hour at room temperature.

In another bowl, mix the egg yolk, milk, olive oil, flour and the salt until you get a smooth batter. Place the batter in the fridge for 1 hour or more.

When ready to make the fritters, heat oil in a deep frying pan.

In a small bowl, beat the egg white until they turn stiff (about 5 minutes) and mix this into the batter until well mixed. Dip the apple slices one by one in the batter and add into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides.  Transfer to a plate with paper towels.

Serve the fritters hot dusting the confectioner’s sugar over the top!

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Now for a list of recipes that I have pinned from other sites that I thought look interesting. I will be trying some of these very soon especially the desserts! 🙂

A ROUND UP OF OTHER SPANISH RECIPES THAT I FOUND ON OTHER SITES THAT I THOUGHT LOOKED AMAZING!

Fish balls in a nutty sauce

fishballs

Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Tapas

escalivada

Fish croquettes

seafood_croquettes

Potatobravas

potato_bravas

Gazpacho

gazpacho

Eggplant roll ups

eggplant_ROLLS

Avocado and tuna tapas

avocado_tuna

Leche Fritas (Fried Custard)

leche_frita

Panellets

panellets

Magic Cake

magic-cake

SOME OTHER USEFUL LINKS

How to create a tapas party menu

25 Tapas party recipes

Spanish recipes.com

Top 10 Spanish Dessert recipes

Spanish recipes by Nuria

Authentic Spanish recipes by Angela at Cocinaristacook

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0 thoughts on “Around the World #1: Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo), Apple fritters and a round up

      1. Thank you so much for asking, Indu. I am hanging in there- it has been a very difficult period in my life.
        I truly appreciate your kindness.

  1. LOVE your son’s comment, Indu! It seems you’re raising a food critic. 🙂 I think I would have been very happy at your table when these were served…yummy! With apple fritters as dessert you would of had to push me out the door! Thanks for sharing the recipes with Fiesta Friday.

    1. thanks Nancy. ha ha yes my son is definitely a food critic in the making! I was hoping he would be a chef in the making…but I guess he chose the easier route! LOL! And Nancy, I would have been so thrilled to have you at our dinner table! Anytime you are in CT, feel free to stop by. Consider that as a standing invitation! And thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week! 🙂

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