Monday, 2 July 2012

Potato, leek & cheddar croquettes

I am crazy over mashed potato, or anything potato for that matter. I think it's the Finn in me, we love our starch. It's funny how even the smell of potatoes on the boil takes me back to my childhood. I recall watching my Mum as she peeled boiled potatoes using a knife with the potato stuck on a fork.  I have no idea why I specifically remember that, it's just a vivid childhood memory. Potatoes were a regular with our meals as kids and they're still one of my favourites. 

I stumbled across a croquette recipe in Masterchef Magazine and decided to create my own little recipe. Tried and tested. You’re welcome.

I am hooked on panko bread crumbs at the moment, you can obviously substitute with plain bread crumbs if you don’t have panko. I find panko so much crispier than ordinary bread crumbs. You can make your own fresh crumbs by removing the crusts off day-old bread and processing in a food processor. Also, if you are not a fan of coriander, flat leaf parsley would go well as a substitute. I pretty much add coriander to everything!

Ingredients (makes approx 15 croquettes):
4 medium sized potatoes
2 tbs butter
2 tbs milk (if you want to be super naughty you can use cream)
2 egg yolks, beaten
½ leek, cut lengthways and sliced finely
1 cup vintage cheddar, grated 
¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped
½ cup plain flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Sea salt & pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Add ½ tsp salt to a pot of water and boil potatoes in their skins until soft (15-20 mins). Once soft, peel then mash, adding butter, milk and beaten egg yolks to create a creamy texture. I learnt a little trick from my Mum to get super creamy mashed potato, and that is to use a hand mixer to whip into a smooth blend. I use a stick blender, works perfectly.

Add leek, cheese and coriander to potato mixture, season with lashings of freshly ground sea salt and pepper and combine well. Stir in flour, then refigerate mixture for 30 minutes. Once cool, gently roll 2 tbs of filling into an oval shape and coat with breadcrumbs. Repeat with remainder of the mixture. Tip: do this with wet hands as stops the mixture from sticking to your hands.

Fill a small saucepan 5cm deep with oil and heat over medium heat. Without overcrowding the pan, fry the croquettes for 3 minutes each or until golden brown, turning halfway. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

Serve. Unless like me you eat them all yourself first!

Joining in Veggie Mama's Meatless Monday linky today. Do yourself a favour and head over to check out some awesome dishes! 


  1. Mmmmm.
    Absolutely divine.
    :-) x

    1. So delicious Shar, I hoovered them all down! ;) xo

  2. When you were a little girl, I never thought that you would take any notice of what I wrong was I. Fancy you remembering such thing as me peeling potatoes.

    We had "paistetty peruna" yesterday, which I can't remeber when I last had that.

    You have turn into a good cooker! xxoo

    1. Yes it's funny how I vividly remember watching you peel potatoes! I need to make paistetty peruna sometime soon, haven't that in ages!

      I had a good cooker teacher. xoxo

  3. Anonymous9:11 am GMT+8

    Yum! Will have to try this...'with' the coriander...I add it whenever I can too! So fragrant and so so good for you =)

    1. And the upside, I told my son they were big chips (ie made of same stuff as chips), and he loved them! Coriander is the best, sometimes I find it makes a meal. :)

  4. Oh WOW Peggy! I am a mad potato lover also and these just look mouth-wateringly good! Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe and clever you for adapting your own style to it too xo

    1. You're welcome Jules. If you try them let me know what you think. xo

  5. Oh yum! I just know the Brit will love these. All I have to do is give him potatoes and cheese and he's mine, but he was anyway!!! These look delicious and your photos are just divine.I just have to make these!

    1. The Brit will be MORE yours! Brilliant, what easier way to a man's heart is there than with potatoes!

      Thank you for the lovely compliment. :) I guarantee you will like them, don't be stingy with the cheddar.


    1. Starting my car. See you in a day or two. I may come empty handed as I will most likely get hungry on the way.


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