Baklouti Agrumato Croquettes

This recipe comes courtesy of chef Rachel at Veronica Foods (our wonderful supplier).  Crispy-crunchy on the outside, with soft billowy spicy Baklouti Agrumato spiked potato on the inside, concealing a gooey melted cheese center.

Needed for this Recipe:

• Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. Whole Pepper (Agrumato Style) Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil

• Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. UP -certified Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients:

• 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 2″ chunks

• 2 tablespoons Baklouti Chili Pepper Agrumato Olive Oil

• 1 tablespoon Garlic Infused Olive Oil

• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• ½ pound mozzarella cheese cut in to ½” cubes

• 3 large eggs

• 1 tablespoon finely minced flat leaf parsley

• 2 teaspoons sea salt

• fresh ground pepper to taste

• 1½ cups fine bread crumbs

For frying: Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. Certified Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  All our oils have a low acid level, which make them ideal for frying.  For more info from a  renowned expert:  https://www.truthinoliveoil.com/2013/10/science-cooking-olive-oil

 Directions:

Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough salted water to cover.  Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  Allow the potatoes to cool completely.  Mash the cooled potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add the garlic infused olive oil, Baklouti Chili Pepper Agrumato, Parmesan, parsley, and one beaten egg.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Beat the remaining two eggs in a separate bowl, and add the bread crumbs to another bowl.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Form the potato mixture in to a 2″ oblong shape.  Push a piece of mozzarella in to the center of each oblong, and form the potato around in so that it is completely encased.  Coat each croquette in egg, and then roll in bread crumbs to thoroughly coat.  Set aside on the baking sheet.  

Heat 2″ of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a heavy frying pan over medium high heat.  When a deep fry thermometer reaches 375, fry the croquettes in batches until deep golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Enjoy immediately.

* Makes approximately 20 croquettes *

Can be served with Chipotle-Lime Aioli

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