A croquette is a ball of meat and vegetables that is pan fried. You can make just about anything into a croquette.
Your Children will eat these Veggies
Do you have picky eaters in your home? Especially children who do not eat their vegetables? I guarantee they will chow these down and you don't even have to tell them there are veggies in it.
Using Leftover meat and vegetables
I like making croquettes when I have leftovers and want to clean out my refrigerator. This way there is no food waste and that is a frugal thing. Sometimes when we make a ham, chicken or turkey or cooked too much fish to consume in one meal we get sick of leftovers.
Croquettes take on a whole new way to eat leftovers so no one is sick of eating the same thing and you are eating both meat and vegetables at the same time. Shhh don't tell the children they are eating vegetables.
How to Make Chicken Croquettes - Makes 12 Servings
- 1 1/2 Cups of chopped chicken. Run the chicken in your food processor or blender to chop it up really fine
- 1 Large handful of vegetables. Leftover or frozen. Make sure you thaw the frozen vegetables by simply running cool water over them
- 2 Eggs
- Garlic Powder
- Cumin if you like a smoky flavor
- 1 small onion chopped fine
- 8 Saltine Crackers (do not use Ritz crackers) or 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 stick of Butter - you can use cooking oil but I always cook with butter as the food always tastes better
- Finely chop your chicken in your food processor or blender. Then place the chicken in a mixing bow.
- Place the eggs, crackers or breadcrumbs, vegetables and your favorite herbs and spices in your food processor or blender and blend all together. This will not be runny. Now pour this on top of your finely chopped chicken.
- Add your finely chopped onions
- Mix all together until thoroughly mixed and you have a ball of meat and vegetables that holds together.
- Roll into evenly sized balls
- Place the balls in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This sets up the meat so it cooks better in the pan.
- Melt 1/2 of the stick of butter in your cooking pan. *Cook your butter slow and slow so it doesn't start to burn.
- Place your meat balls into the melted butter and then with the back of your spatula smash them down evenly to make patties.
- Cook Low and Slow
- Add more butter as needed as the crackers will soak up the butter or oil that you are using
- These cook about 2 minutes on each side. Only flip them once and when you see the sides of your patties starting to brown.
These can be served with a salad, put some plain yogurt on the top of the patties or sour cream. I always do yogurt because it is healthier.
These croquettes can be made up ahead of time. Once cooked you can lay each patty individually on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and freeze them. Once they are frozen just place the patties into a freezer bag then pull out the desired amount when you are ready to eat them. This method of freezing keeps the patties from sticking together.
I do hope you have enjoyed this recipe. The spices can change based on your tastes.
Easy, Healthy and Frugal
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