Croquetas de Pavo
One of the greatest things about having a food blog of course is the cooking! Who doesn’t love having a new dish to look forward to?! Or in my case a new appetizer!
The thing for me is, whenever I go out for dinner, I so very much look forward to the appetizers, yes dare I say appetizers?? I never just get one! Could you? Come on you have to admit that sometimes the appetizers are even better than the main dish!
And my Turkey Croquettes are no exception to my joy!
These bad boys are so good and simple! I’m surprised that Turkey Croquettes recipes are not as popular on the internet as say cheese croquettes or ham croquettes because they are just fabulous!
They are nice and crispy on the outside and fabulously moist on the inside…just yummm.
Although these Turkey Croquettes are great on their own, isn’t everything better with sauce? Well guess what? Yes I did, I made my fabulous, delicious, spicy salsa verde to accompany these turkey croquettes. Trust me, you have to make it to, you will not regret it! (link for my Salsa Verde recipe)
Did you know croquettes in general are eaten around the world? Being a food enthusiast, these are things I want to know! 🙂 🙂 Come on don’t you want to know what other cultures eat croquettes?! Yesss you do! Hehe!!
Croquettes are eaten in Spain, Italy, France, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, India, Mexico (of course) and the list goes on!
They are either round, cylinder or oval-shaped. In Japan they are called Korroke and are made with potato, vegetables and very little meat. Or made with pawns, seafood or chicken. In Germany croquettes are called Kroketton and are usually made with just potato. In Ireland they are made also with potatoes with the exception of onion added. In Puerto Rico they are called Croquetas (spanish translation for Croquettes!) and are made with either ham, chicken, fish or cheese.
So you see it doesn’t matter where you come from chances are your country may also eat some variation of croquettes. And these here turkey croquettes I made obviously with a little bit of Mexican flare!
So let’s get to it guys! I hope you enjoy these Turkey Croquettes as much as I do and don’t forget to leave me your comments!
NOTE: Again here’s the link to my salsa verde within my post of Mexican Empanadas with Green Sauce.
Cooked turkey mixture
Flour sauce mixture
Turkey mixture with sauce, time to allow to thicken even even more in refrigerator
Croquettes ready to fry
- 1 Pound ground turkey
- 1 jalapeño (chopped)
- 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
- 4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- salt (to taste)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 6-8 slices of toast bread (made into fresh bread crumbs)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- vegetable oil (for frying)
|In a skillet over medium heat add the tablespoon of oil. Saute onions and jalapeño for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add chopped garlic and cook for another minute. Add the ground turkey and with a spoon, mix all ingredients together. Add the paprika, chili powder and nutmeg. Mix all well together and cook until well blended and brown about 10 minutes.|
|In a saucepan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add milk, chicken broth and slowly add the flour constantly stirring until the sauce starts to thicken. Combine sauce and meat mixture until it all comes together and thickens more. Mix in cilantro and salt to taste and let meat mixture cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.|
|In the meantime while the meat cools and thickens prepare your breadcrumbs. Place the toast in a chopper or blender to make breadcrumbs. |
|Form croquettes by taking about a tablespoon at a time of meat mixture in your palm and forming into oval shaped or circular croquettes. Place one croquette at a time and pass through egg mixture and then the breadcrumbs. |
Continue with the rest of the mixture until all the croquettes are done.
|Place about half an inch of vegetable oil into a frying pan or skillet. Heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, gently add a few croquettes at a time. Do not over crowd. Cook until golden brown, turning on all sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with salsa verde. Enjoy!|