How To Cook Croquetes de Carne /Beef Croquettes
Croquettes are a very popular snack in Brazil. They originate from the Portuguese settlers and can be found all over Brazil.
Makes about 10
500g lean beef mince
1 large onion grated
3 tablespoons of parsley
¼ - ½ cup of flour + 2 cups for coating the croquettes
3 cups of breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 teaspoon of paprika
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 beef stock cube
Salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil for deep fat frying
In a medium sized pan, add the olive oil and fry the garlic and onions for 3 minutes. Add the beef mince and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, beef stock cube, herbs and salt and pepper to taste and fry for about 10 minutes. Mix in the egg followed by adding the flour slowly. Take off the heat. Keep mixing until you form a ball of the meat mixture.
Take a small amount of the mix and roll between your hands until you have a fat small sausage. Take 3 separate bowls and fill one with the flour, one with the beaten egg and the last one with the breadcrumbs. Now start the process of coating your croquettes. Firstly, dip into the flour and thoroughly coat; secondly, coat with the beaten egg bowl; and finally roll into the breadcrumbs. Do in batches. Your croquettes are ready to be deep fried. Heat the vegetable oil (needs to cover at least half of the croquette if using a pan) to a medium heat and cook the croquettes in batches, turning so that the whole croquette is a golden brown – about 3-4 minutes. Serve with olive oil and lime wedges. Nossa!