Baklouti Green Chili Croquettes

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 2″ chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Bella Oliva Baklouti Green Chili EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon Bella Oliva Garlic EVOO
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese cut in to 1/2″ cubes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced flat leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
  • Bella Oliva Robust EVOO (for frying)

Directions:

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough salted water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Allow the potatoes to cool completely. Mash the cooled potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add the garlic olive oil, Baklouti Green Chili olive oil, Parmesan, parsley, and one beaten egg. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  • Beat the remaining two eggs in a separate bowl, and add the bread crumbs to another bowl.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Form the potato mixture into a 2″ oblong shape. Push a piece of mozzarella in to the center of each oblong, and form the potato around in so that it is completely encased. Coat each croquette in egg, and then roll in bread crumbs to thoroughly coat. Set aside on the baking sheet.
  • Heat 2″ of Robust EVOO in a heavy frying pan over medium high heat. When a deep fry thermometer reaches 375, fry the croquettes in batches until deep golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Enjoy immediately.
  • Makes approximately 20 croquettes

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