Crispy, creamy delights, cheese croquettes are a fun side dish with enough flavors to be the star of any plate. Think of them as a gourmet version of cheese sticks. Sure to be a hit with everyone from gourmet enthusiasts to picky kids, croquettes are a simple way to add flare to any meal.
A simple blend of flour, egg and panko bread crumbs makes the perfect light and crispy coating. Just mix some Ile de France cheese with a simple Béchamel sauce and you'll have a luxuriously creamy interior to encase in a delicately crisp shell – a sublime combination of texture and flavor!
We recently filmed a croquettes video recipe at Sandrines, a traditional French restaurant in Boston.
Béchamel is a basic white sauce made with a roux of butter, flour and milk. It's a traditional sauce featured in many French dishes. To make it, melt a tablespoon of butter in a medium size pot and add a ¼ cup of flour to make a rue. Then, add milk to thicken and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Meanwhile, cut your cheese of choice into small chunks. In a separate bowl, mash the cheese together with the Béchamel to create a smooth and uniform texture.
Now it's time to make some croquettes! In separate bowls, gather the egg, flour and panko. Form the cheese mixture into bite size ovals and dunk them in separate bowls of flour, egg and lastly, the panko..
Whole-wheat bread crumbs or crushed almonds can be added to or substituted for the panko. Now it's time to fry. Any cooking oil will work. Use a pot with an inch or two of oil. Deep fryers can be used, too. Cook until the exterior is golden brown.