Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Croquay? Croaket? Croquettes...

So... browsing around my usual reads I came across an entry on My Italian Grandmother on Rice Croquettes ... I wasn't familiar with the idea of croquettes (in fact Daniel and I joked about the pronunciation of it for a good while) and I began some research. Good old Wikipedia defined croquettes as "little parcels of food encased in bread crumbs or sometimes mashed potatoes" ... hmm... interesting, yes?

Back to Michele and her grandmother's version... I had to keep it in mind for later... We almost always have leftover rice when I make it... but it didn't seem like something I wanted to make with the usual Garlicky Brown Rice we eat with our meals. "Little parcels of food" sound yummy (don't they), and her pictures certainly made my mouth water for the little crispy rice balls.
It so happened the other night, when I made pork as our main course, that I decided on an herbed white rice as a side. It was very good rice, seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and a pinch of basil, but it was a tad too sweet for Daniel's liking. We had a lot leftover. But wait... I could make those crokays... or those croaketts? Or those, whatever they were... little fried rice balls!
And so I did.

I had to make up for measurements and obviously I used the herbed rice instead... I also used olive olive for frying... it made me feel a tad bit better about the actual "frying" part... but otherwise followed Michele's recipe as it was.

Don't they look tasty? They were... and I was so excited to make something out of my usual repertoire that I actually made them for breakfast! Hey, they have eggs in 'em! It was kinda breakfast-y :) And Daniel liked them too because they weren't so sweet when fried and a little salt was added.

Definitely keeping the recipe for later use... maybe I will try them with the brown rice we usually eat... I'll let you know!Stumble Upon Toolbar

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Michele said...

I'm so excited and honored that you tried my grandmother's recipe! I'm so so glad you liked them!!!!

Mark by Chocolate said...

It is pronounced Crowket with the accent on the ket.

Spelled Croquette. In French, et is usually "ay" and ette is usually et. As in, I et it up.

So you eat croquettes while playing croquet and being coquette.

I used to make a great goose croquette from out left over goose and chestnut stuffing and gravy. Yummer. I made them into minilogs rather than round balls. Yummer.

Sandra Gordon said...

Oh, yum! I am going to have to give this a go. I wonder what else could be made into croquettes, since the Dear Husband isn't really able to have rice...

Corinne said...

I wonder if orzo would work? Are you able to eat pasta or pasta alternates?
Look up croquette on Wikipedia, apparently all sorts of things can be made into croquettes just bread and fry!