Originating in ancient Rome, croquettes have stood the test of time and become a food enjoyed by people all over the world. Though they come in different shapes, sizes, and flavors, croquettes are a much-loved meal in many places and are served in restaurants across the country.
What is a Croquette?
A croquette is a portion of minced meat shaped into a patty or small pile and then covered in bread crumbs. The Romans covered their croquettes in pastry to make traveling with meat easier but modern day versions of the dish have replaced this pastry with bread crumbs.
Most croquettes contain one type of meat, usually ham, chicken, or pork. Others have a combination of those meats. Some are filled with mashed potatoes, while others a mixture of vegetables, such as peas and carrots. Special types of croquette may contain cheese, and they can be eaten as a meal or a snack depending on their filling. Local tastes and available goods may impact the content of a croquette as well as the cook’s personal taste. Croquettes can be served baked or fried.
The Importance of Bread Crumbs
When making croquettes, getting the bread crumbs just right is crucial to achieving the desired treat. The bread crumbs serve as the edible wrapper that holds the croquette together. They add flavor to the dish when seasoned properly. Baking and frying the crumbs properly will prevent the croquette from disintegrating, keeping the meat inside and providing just the right amount of crunch.
The next time you crave croquettes, come and see us at Lamoraga Restaurant. We cook our croquettes to perfection, including our specialty—cuttlefish and crab meat croquettes, which feature a touch of jalepeno for just the right amount of kick. Those who prefer land-based cuisine can try our meat croquettes filled with ham, chicken, and béchamel.
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