Croquette is a very popular dish in Japan and I think you can find them in many different countries in the world. I love them but since it is quite time consuming to make it and fry it, I don't make it too often. In Japan, you can find already fried croquette in a supermarket or you can also find frozen one so you can just fry them at home.
Since I had 1lb of ground beef and lots of potatoes at home, I decided to make this dish the other day.
I made a lot of them and froze half of them. Next time I want to eat croquette, I can just take them out from the freezer and fry them.
Normally in Japan, we eat this with Tonkatsu sauce which is something like a ticker Worcestershire sauce. I always have this on hand but if you don't have it, you can either use regular worcestershire sauce, ketchup, hot sauce or even without any sauce. If you season them well during cooking, you don't really need any sauce.
If you want to but it, you can buy them from Amazon. This is a very popular brand of tonkatsu sauce in Japan. Bull dog Tonkatsu Sauce.
Here is the recipe.
Potato and Beef Croquette
Yields about 14 large croquette
Potato 4 large
Ground Beef 1lb
Onion 3 medium
Nutmeg 2 teaspoons (Optional)
Salt 1 tablespoons
Pepper 1~2 teaspoon
Flour about 1/2 cup
Panko (Bread Crumbs) about 1 cup
Vegetable Oil for frying plus 1 tablespoon
1. Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces and boil them until fork tender.
2. While cooking potatoes, chop onion and carrot into small pieces.
3. In a Frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Then add onion and carrot to saute.
4. When onion and carrot are cooked, add ground beef and saute until meat is cooked. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.
5. When potatoes are boiled, drain and mush in a large bowl.
6. Add meat mixture into potato and mix.
7. Let the potato/meat mixture cool.
8. When it is cooled, prepare flour, egg and panko(bread crumbs) stations.
9. Shape potato/meat mixture into a oval shape and dust with flour.
10. Then into egg then to panko.
11. Heat vegetable oil in a pan and fry them until golden brown. Since inside is already cooked, you don't have to worry about inside being uncooked.
12. Serve and eat while it is hot.
Kids love this potato croquette. I would recommend making a bunch of them and keep some of them in the freezer for later.