Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Baked Indonesian Croquettes - Kroket Panggang

Love Indonesian croquettes so much, but not in love with the idea of deep frying (as always).
I wonder if I could get away with baking it...if I could bake shrimp cakes, surely I can bake these too?
Yayaya, so I thought.

Here's how I made my version, yields about 6 large croquettes:

- 1/2 cup of minced meat (beef/pork/chicken/corned beef/etc)
- 1/2 cup of mixed vegetables (I used frozen green peas, diced carrot and corn kernels)
- 1 small clove of garlic, finely minced
- 1 small clove of shallot, finely minced
- salt, white pepper, sugar, ground nutmeg, olive oil
- Cheddar cheese, cut into 1x1x1 cm cubes (optional)

Saute garlic and shallot, add minced meat let cook until almost done, add mixed veggies, season and cook until done. Set aside. Keep the cheddar cheese cubes refrigerated

Potato part
- 4 large potatoes
- salt, pepper, sugar, butter, ground nutmeg, milk powder
- egg, beaten
- breadcrumbs
- olive oil

Bake potatoes until soft enough to mash (about 2 hours in 180C oven). I've tried boiling/microwaving before, but the result was just too watery....

Once soft, mash potatoes, add 1 tsp butter, 2 tsp milk powder (skip if you don't have, it's not worth buying a whole tin of milk powder), season with salt, pepper, sugar, and ground nutmeg, mix well.

Grab a heaping tbsp of potato, add mixed veggie and meat filling in the middle, add a cube of cheddar cheese, cover with another tbsp of potato, roll into an oval-ish ball shape. Continue until you've finished all the potatoes. You might end up with leftover filling, feel free to eat it with rice. I also ate all of the leftover cheddar cheese cubes :D

Eggwash the croquettes and roll them into breadcrumbs. Lay them in baking sheet/plate and refrigerate for a couple of hours (my impatient self skipped this step and kept opening my oven to check on my croquettes, so they cracked and went out of shape T_T).

Preheat oven to 200C, line a baking sheet with foil (if your baking sheet is all burnt like mine), lightly grease with olive oil. Line croquettes on baking sheets, leaving some space in between, brush them lightly with olive oil or melted butter, bake until golden brown.

Or...of course, you can also deep fry them :D

See I made a tiny croquette ball? It doesn't have any meat/veggie filling, just a cube of cheddar cheese and it tasted fantastical! I'm gonna make these tiny babies next time.

Despite the cracks and the flattened bottoms, when I took these out of the oven, I could still kinda mold them back into a decent shape...and they get firmer once they've cooled down...and they tasted good. I will try perfecting them again soon.

Now, I really have to show you this...
SC's idea of cool food styling is...
of course, sticking the parsley into the croquette like a mini tree :D
He went mad when I rolled my eyes and refused to take this shot.

What do you think? You likey?


Indonesia-Eats said...

Rit, what do you think if you make a smaller version? It can be cracked cause of so many reasons.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

When you said cracks, I imagined something worse. These look great to me! Mmm.

Joanne said...

Why hello little bites of deliciousness! Love that these are not only baked, but stuffed with delicious things like mixed vegetables. And flavor. And parsley trees :P

Anonymous said...

Yuummmm I love deep fried food but hate deep frying hahah so this is winner! Hee hee parsley tree

megan said...

leave your shaped croquettes in the fridge for an hr or so before baking them, it'll prevent the cracking :)

jisampedro said...

Looks really good and so healthy as well. A good option for those who don´t want the fried thing. Between, you add some ketchup to eat? or with mayonaise should be nice too :)

Mrs Ergül said...

Great party food!!

tigerfish said...

Oops, I need to plan 2 hr in advance (for baking the potatoes) in order to make this? Thanks for the tips on not boiling the potatoes for this. I would usually boil/steam potatoes before mashing.

The tree makes it a beach-style presentation - croquette color is like sand, right? ;p

noobcook said...

love croquettes, and the idea that yours are baked not deep fried. SC food styling skills is not bad lah (must give him face hehe)

Jo said...

These look great and so much more healthier than the fried version. Yummy!

daphne said...

hnm.. I must be blind! these looks gorgeous! and when everything goes to tummy-it is the same right?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious, great party food!

Shierly said...

looks really good! can i have some please?!?!?!??!?!

SariBerry said...

I plan on making these for my mom on mother's day. Thanks for the recipe! Also, I was thinking of complimenting them with some sweet chili sauce that you can find at any asian market. Just a thought!

RoMeoJuLiett said...

Rita.. any recipe for making simple homemade resoles?? :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

you can search for resoles recipes online.

i don't think it's simple though, because we'll have to hand make the skin ;)