Most of the time when we were asked what is our favourite food at all times, we would usually said "My mother home cooked dishes!" or we would said, "My mom makes the most delicious ........something like this too". When my parents moved to Auckland, I have always craved for our mom's home cooked food. So sometimes when I try to cook something similar to what my mom used to cooked, sometimes it doesn't turn out the same taste and I will have to call to her and asked her what is missing in my dishes! This is the life how is when we stay away from our beloved mom.
When I'm in my childhood, my mom used to cook simple western style dishes for us. Eventhough it is done in a simple way of cooking, I still love my mom's home cooked dishes though time have changed whereby we can alter and create many ways putting different ingredients in them.
Croquette is one of the 'snack' my mom used to make for us. Hers is more simple than what I am making today. My mom's croquette has alot of love in it! I was at my sister's house in Spore last week and I make this croquette for all of us to savour...... I will make this again for my mom when my next visit her in Auckland next year.
This delicious Croquette I have made is adapted from Nami - Just One Cookbook
4 russet potatoes, boiled and roughly mashed
1 large onion, finely diced
1 small carrots, finely diced
2 Shiitake mushrooms (optional)
2 Tbsp. oil
450g ground meat (beef/chicken/pork)
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
2-3 eggs, lightly beaten (put into a shallow plate)
2 cup Panko/breadcrumbs (put into a shallow plate)
½ cup flour ((put into a shallow plate)
Oil for deep frying
1. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat. Put in the onion and sauté until soft. Add carrots and
Shiitake mushrooms and cook until they are soft.
2. Add the meat and break it up with a wooden spoon. When the meat is cooked, add salt, white pepper,
and black pepper. Turn off the heat.
3. Add the meat mixture to the mashed potatoes and mix all up well together with the 1 egg in. Let it rest
to cool down a little so you have worked with your hands later on.
4. As the mixture is still warm, start making your Croquette balls. You can form it into a balls and flatten it
or make it in a longer shape. Any shape to your desire.
5. Dredge each croquette balls into the flour - egg - breadcrumbs.
6. Deep fry the croquette till golden brown only.
It is best to steam or microwave the potatoes instead of boiling, so the mashed potatoes won't be that wet.
My dear niece is enjoying her piece of croquette made by her Aunt Mel!