Potato & cheese croquettes served with a fresh tomato sauce. A delicious appetiser or multiply for a simple yet impressive vegetarian starter.
Potato and cheese croquettes are a delicious appetiser that we served at our recent late Summer Supperclubs. Serve these croquettes as an appetiser as we have done. Alternatively double them up to make a generous vegetarian starter. The fresh tomato sauce adds freshness to the croquettes. A drizzle of freshly made basil oil finishing the dish on the night.
Potato croquettes are something we tend to eat alongside a meat main as a potato side. However with a little imagination they work really well on their own. I tasted something similar on a trip to Positano on the Amalfi Coast, served with a simple tomato sauce. The tomatoes in Italy are so beautifully sweet they need very little added to them. This croquette is a perfect appetiser as it won’t fill you up before a large meal.
What substitutions would work in the dish?
We have used a combination of ricotta, mozzarella and Gruyere. However you could also add a strong vintage cheddar or comte, or some grated parmesan. This is a simple dish therefore use what cheese you have available to you. Although we do recommend a good strong flavoured cheese. It’s a great dish for using up leftover pieces of cheese that we all have in the fridge.
The parsley in the croquette can be substituted for other herbs, with basil being an obvious substitution. However a little fresh thyme leaves would also work well, just ensure your remove any woody stem.
Can I make these croquettes ahead of time?
These potato and cheese croquettes can be made ahead of time. Make the croquettes up to stage 3 in the recipe and keep in the fridge for a couple of days until ready to crumb and cook. Alternatively, once you’ve rolled the croquettes into balls place them on a tray, leaving space between each and place them in the freezer. When you are ready to cook the croquettes remove them from the freezer and allow them to defrost in the fridge. Then return to the recipe and follow the steps to coat and cook them.
It’s also worth noting that the tomato sauce can also be made a couple of days in advance and kept in the fridge. The tomato sauce also freezes really well. You can use it later as a base to make a fresh tomato pasta sauce.
Alternative serving suggestions:
As we’ve said above these croquettes can be the hero of the dish, working as an appetiser or starter. They also work as a delicious side dish on any main course. I like to make a double batch and freeze some for a quick side dish on a midweek dinner. The addition of cheese and fresh herbs to these croquette make them tastier than any croquettes you will buy in the shops.
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Potato & Cheese Croquettes
Potato & Cheese Croquettes
- 2 large potatoes
- 125 g ricotta cheese - grated
- 100 g mozzarella cheese - grated
- 50 g gruyere cheese - grated
- 1 tbsp parsley - chopped
- salt & pepper
- 1 large egg
- 100 g plain flour
- 100 g panko breadcrumbs
- 1 ltr sunflower oil
Fresh Tomato Sauce
- 8 large vine tomatoes
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- salt & black pepper
Potato & Cheese Croquettes
- Peel the potatoes and place them in a pan of salted water. Bring to the boil then lower the temperature and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Drain and place into a large bowl.
- Add the ricotta to the potatoes and mash to a smooth consistency. Stir through the grated mozzarella, gruyere and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. The mixture should now be a little sticky.
- Roll the potato mixture into golf ball sized balls, approximately 40g each in weight. Place the balls onto tray lined with greaseproof paper, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile look out 3 bowls. Place the flour into one bowl and season with salt and pepper. In another bowl crack and whisk the egg. Finally add the panko breadcrumbs to the third bowl.
- Take the potato balls out of the fridge and dip each first in the seasoned flour, then into the egg and finally roll them gently in the breadcrumbs. Place each croquette back on the tray and once all have been coated they can be covered and returned to the fridge until you are ready to cook.
- Take each tomato and cut a cross through the skin at the bottom of each. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. After 2 minutes drain off the water and peel and discard the skin from each tomato.
- Place the tomato on a chopping board and cut into wedges, removing and discarding the seeds and the core as you go.
- Place the remaining flesh into a medium saucepan over a low heat. Add the sugar to the pan and cook gently until the tomato has cooked down and you have a nice thick sauce. Blitz to a smooth puree with a stick blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- 30 minutes before you are ready to serve remove the croquettes from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
- Meanwhile pour the sunflower oil into a large saucepan and bring up to a heat of 180C.
- While the oil is heating, gently warm the tomato sauce.
- Once the oil is up to temperature gently place the croquettes into the hot oil one at a time! Do not overfill the pan, 4 croquettes at a time is sufficient.
- Cook the croquettes until golden, approximately 3-4 minutes. Then remove and place on some kitchen paper to drain. Pop the croquettes into a warm oven until you have cooked the remaining balls.
- Once ready to serve, spoon the tomato sauce onto the plate and place the croquettes on top. We also like to add a few drops of the basil oil to the plate. Serve immediately.