The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 17: September 13, 2002: Page 4
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Cooking TLC with Karen Rysavy      
Let's Make Croquettes!
These are a bit more trouble than your average crab cakes, but I think you’ ll find the extra effort is justified. And they freeze beautifully for later use, so make a bunch and freeze them in small packages. Just heat them in the microwave and you’ve got a great low carb snack or entrée in seconds. This is my favorite way to deal with leftovers that I am sick of in their original form. I occasionally cook large pieces of meat just for this purpose.

Beginning Fry Cooks might need to refer to "Deep Frying TLC."

Karen's Croquettes

  • 3 cups cooked meat, fish or poultry, chopped (720 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (2.5 ml)
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 Tb. onion, grated (30 ml)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp. celery leaves, finely chopped (5 ml)*
  • 2 tsp. minced parsley (10 ml)*
  • 1 cup heavy cream (240 ml)
  • 3 Tb. unsalted butter (45 ml)
  • 1-1/2 Tb. ThickenThin NotStarch™ (40 ml)
  • 1-1/2 cups pork rind crumbs (360 ml)
  • 4 eggs — beaten
  • oil for frying
Coquettes *You can substitute 1 tsp. (5 ml) dried parsley for both the celery leaves and the fresh parsley.

Mix the meat or fish with the salt, cayenne pepper to taste (start with 1/2 tsp. or 2.5 ml, and if you like spicy foods, double that), the grated onion, lemon juice, chopped celery leaves, and parsley. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the starch and cook over medium heat one minute, stirring constantly. Add cream all at once and whisk over heat until smooth and thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool for ten minutes.

Add the sauce to the meat mixture, along with 2 beaten eggs, and mix well before spreading out on a platter to cool thoroughly and become firm (you may refrigerate or freeze the mixture at this point to chill it, but don’t let it form ice crystals).

Beat the two remaining eggs in a small bowl. Place the pork rind crumbs in another bowl. Wet your hands to reduce the mixture sticking to them. I often spritz them with my Misto™ oil mister as well. Spoon out 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture and form each croquette into an egg-sized oval shape with your hands.

Dip each croquette in the beaten eggs, and then roll in crushed pork rinds. (You could substitute wheat bran or Parmesan cheese, but I highly recommend using the pork rinds as specified. The cheese tends to burn before the insides are done, the bran adds carbs, and you would NEVER ever guess from the finished product that the pork rind crumbs are in fact, pork rinds, and not breadcrumbs. JUST TRY IT!)

Fry in deep hot fat for 1-2 minutes, a few at a time, depending on size. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve immediately.

Serve with desired dipping sauces. These freeze beautifully for later use.

Made with chicken, 16 servings, each: 218 cal, 18 g fat (6 g sat.), 1 g carb, 13 g protein

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