Croquetas de Mushrooms & Bacon

Hola!

I hope all of you east coasters survived Winter  Storm Jonas ok. I live on the eastern shore of Maryland and we got at least 20″ of snow. I think that that’s enough! Though, it is beautiful.

For today I made a Spanish classic, croquets (croquetas en Español). If you are familiar with my blog, you know that croquets are very popular in Spain. We have many varieties of croquets;  chickenham, cheese, mushrooms, and more.

Today I made them with local mushrooms and local bacon. If you are a bacon fan, this is your recipe! Let’s check it out.

Ingredients for about 20 croquets:

  • 1/2 lb (200g) bacon
  • 1 pint mushrooms
  • 1/2 small onion
  • salt, pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk (2% or whole milk)
  • nutmeg
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T flour
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying the croquettes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the bacon on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Don’t let it cook too much, we don’t want super crunchy bacon.
  • While the bacon is in the oven, chop the mushrooms and set aside. Grate an onion, and cook it on medium heat with some olive oil until it gets brown. Once the onion is done, add the mushrooms with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt (and pepper if you want). Let it cook for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Place the mixture (mushrooms and onion) into the food processor and blend it to a fine consistency.
  • Chop the bacon into small strips. Mix it with the mushroom mixture. Cook together in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil for 3 minutes.

1 croq

  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter to a medium pan and place on low heat.  The bottom of the pan should be entirely coated with butter. Once it’s melted, add 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour.  Stir constantly until the flour gets brown. Add 1/2 cup of milk and stir until everything has been incorporated (it should look like a white sauce). If it looks very thick, add a little bit of milk.
  • Place the mushroom mixture into the pan and stir. Add a small pinch of nutmeg (nutmeg has a lot of flavor!). Keep stirring, you want all the ingredients to be mixed well. By now, the dough should not be liquid. If you see that it is too wet, add an extra tablespoon of flour. On the other hand, If the dough is too dry, add a little milk. You don’t want it too wet because it will be impossible to form the croquetas.

2 croq

  •  Let the mixture rest for about 1 hour.
  • After the dough has rested, prepare the egg mixture:- Beat one egg.

    – Next, prepare your bread crumbs.  Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate. Store bought bread crumbs are fine for this.

    – Shape the mixture into small croquetas with a small spoon.
  • Once it’s ready, fry them! It takes a few minutes per batch.  Remove the croquetas and let them rest on a paper towel to cool and remove excess oil.  Serve warm.

2.2 croq

Bon profit!

I am very happy to be sharing this post with Fiesta Friday #104!

Croquetas de Mushrooms & Bacon

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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