Sunday, 13 October 2013

Eggplant Croquettes

Eggplant Croquettes: Carole's Chatter


I have not had much joy with cooking eggplant (aubergine).  But with the next Food on Friday being about eggplant I hope to find many new ways of using it.

I made these Eggplant Croquettes having been inspired to do so by The Untamed Cook.  They were successful – the better half ate them – but for me they were still a little bit eggplanty.

To make them, I first charred 2 eggplants directly on the gas hob.  When they were pretty black I popped them into a bowl and covered it with cling film and let them cool for a while.  I then took off the skin with my fingers – not worrying too much if some little bits stayed on.

Then I mashed them and drained them of water by pressing down on them in a sieve.  I let them sit for about half an hour to drain.

To the eggplant I added, 1 medium potato (cooked & smushed), 1 small egg (beaten), 2 handfuls of grated cheese, salt and pepper – then mix it up and give it a bit of a whizz up with a stick blender or food processor.  Then add about a cup of breadcrumbs bit by bit until the mixture is firm enough to hold its shape.

Form into croquette sharpes and then coat in breadcrumbs.

Rest your croquettes for at least half an hour in the fridge.  When ready, just shallow fry them until they are golden.  You could deep fry them as well.

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13 comments:

  1. I am a fan of the humble eggplant, but my husband can take it or leave it. So we don't have it too much. Have never tried croquettes, I am interested.

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  2. I love eggplant but have never even though of making them into croquettes. What a great idea! I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe to try next time I buy eggplant.

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  3. I want to like eggplant, really I do! It's so beautiful laying there in the grocery store bins. But I am never happy with it when I cook it.

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  4. I love eggplant but have never been successful at cooking it. These do look tasty though!

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  5. I have not been a huge fan of eggplant, but I do like how you prepared it here.

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  6. Those look good. I like to cube and roast eggplant which sweetens it, then cook it in a sauce -- eggplant readily picks up other flavors.

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  7. I think my husband would enjoy these.

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  8. I love eggplant, but I'm the only one in my family. Your croquettes remind me a bit of baba ghanoush, the dip.

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  9. These look so delicious. I LOVE eggplant.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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  10. These look fabulous--I've pinned it. Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Mondays.

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  11. I have to say, this looks like one of the best recipes I've seen for eggplant in a long time. I grow it in my garden, so like to have lots of variety in preparing it. I am just popping over from the Marvelous Monday Linkey. I'd LOVE it if you drop by my site at Http://www.kneadedcreations.com and pay a visit! I will look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @Kneaded Creations

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  12. Your eggplant croquettes look delicious. They look like my tuna croquettes. The plate is very pretty. Have never cooked eggplant.

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