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9.20.2010

Filipino Chorizo Croquetas for Kulinarya Cooking Club

Voting is now open, for Project Food Blog challenge #1, until 6PM PST on Sept 23, 2010. Please use this link to vote. Thank you very much! :)

Filipino Croquetas

Finger food = Happiness. Really, nothing like dipping a nice deep fried tidbit into sauce, biting into the succulent sauce drenched part, savoring the warmth and flavor and repeating the process without a care for double dipping etiquette ;-). But, the best part is licking your fingers when the plate is cleaned out and reliving the flavors in those tiny remnants... :)

This weekend, I threw caution and all morbid thoughts of the weighing scale to the winds and unwound at home with plates of nice fried food. Some spicy Indian and some intensely Spanish influenced but with the Asian twist. And, in just perfect timing for this month's Kulinarya theme which was to make Filipino-Spanish dishes. Thanks to Ziggy from My Filipino Kitchen and AC from Acdee for this wonderful theme.

Filipino Croquetas top view

I have to say, when I first saw the theme I was bit stumped. I had decided that I didn't want to make sweet dishes for this challenge and that left me with a lot of research to do and much looking around and learning about the cuisine, which, I suspect was the intention of the theme-givers! :)

I shortlisted quite a few dishes. I mean the list of Spanish influenced dishes in Filipino cuisine is long indeed. That is just the ones that perhaps are more common and don't have very Filipinised names. I wonder at how many savor on behind the cloak of ethnic names!

Filipino Croquetas 1

Anyway, after musing much over Adobo, Estofado, Bicol Express and so many more mouthwatering dishes, I finally settled on making the Filipino version of Spanish Croquettes. My reasons were two fold - one I was already itching towards making something fried after almost a year of abstinence on that regard and two - we had tasted bacalau croquettes in Brazil and loved them despite my abhorrence of dried fish.

So, in a quest to relive memories, satiate desire and fulfill a challenge, I made my version of Filipino Chorizo Croquetas! The Filipino version is distinctive in using a mix of potatoes and meat for the filling rather than the Béchamel sauce used in Spanish versions. My interpretation uses both taters and sauce in the filling. It's a simple to make and a delight to keep on eating :))

Also, as I mentioned in the previous post I am participating in the Project Food Blog contest organized by FoodBuzz. Voting for the first challenge is open until 6 pm PST on Sep 23, 2010. You can read my entry post here. Please do visit my contestant profile and vote for me if you believe I am a strong contender.








Filipino Chorizo Croquetas

Filipino Croquetas 2

2-3 medium yukon potatoes, boiled
2 chorizo links, casing removed
1/2 large spanish onion, diced fine
2 cloves of garlic, mined
3 T
Béchamel sauce (I used the sausage renderings for the fat to add flavor)
1 cup bread crumbs
salt, pepper and oil as needed
Oil for frying

In a little oil, saute the onions and garlic until softened. Add the ground chorizo and cook until done. Season appropriately. Let cool until you can work with it.

Meanwhile, mash the boiled potatoes into small chunks. Add the cooled meat mixture to it and incorporate well. It will be a flaky mixture. Add the
Béchamel sauce and about 3 tablespoons cup of breadcrumbs and combine well. The mixture will still be slightly wet.

Heat the oil in the frying pan to 350F. When ready, shape the croqueta filling into cylinders and roll in bread crumbs to coat completely. Fry in oil until golden brown all over.

Serve with spiced Béchamel sauce and ketchup!



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30 comments:

  1. Fried finger food, what could be better? Fantastic use of chorizo. This is on my list.

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  2. This looks like a winner, Asha. Croquets are always a popular appetizer/ finger food. What chorizo used, it must be bursting with flavours!

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  3. Chorizo Croquetas? That sounds excellent!

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  4. This looks delicious. Great looking pictures!

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  5. I love me some fried finger food too. Looks yummy! I voted. Good luck!

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  6. You can't go wrong with fried finger food - these would be a hit at a party for sure!

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  7. A sure hit for my kids party! Crispy and scrumptious looking Croquetas, Asha.

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  8. First of all, almost a year without fried food!?! I don't think I could've last that long, LOL. Congrats!
    & glad you bought up the bolillo de bacalao because that's the first thing I thought of when I saw these (my Brazilian MIL makes them on special occassions). But these chorizo ones look delicious.
    Oh & I already voted for you :)

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  9. I should make this, when i hve guest, my huby saw this and he said this looks so so good.

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  10. Looks great! Makes me hungry just looking at it.

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  11. I can't believe it Asha - you actually made croquettes - this is my all time favourite snack - I used to order these ALL the time at our restaurant... but we made it with chicken - I think chorizo would actually be better!

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  12. Asha this is a fabulous snack. Chorizo is one of my favourites. Your photos are mouth watering. Croquettes are perfect. Crunchy on the outside and soft and luscious on the inside. Great job.

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  13. What a beautiful blog and blogger! These croquettes look divine. I shall try making them sometime. Thanks for featuring Filipino Food. You have my vote on PFB2010!

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  14. What an elegant dish. Your photos, as always, came out great!

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  15. Looks DIVINE. I doubt if I would be able to make it in any near future as I cant get my hands on Chorizo here but even if I used other sausages, it wouldn't nearly be as Spanish right ? But I still believe that with a good tasting sausage or chicken, this would be awesome!

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  16. I love finger food too. This recipe sounds quite good. And your photograph is superb.

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  17. Hey Kulsum.. i say go for it with any meat:) I used chorizo coz I love it!!! I think traditionally Filipinos make it with chicken :)

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  18. chorizo croquettes, what a great idea..this must be very yummy! :)

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  19. Kudos on using the sausage renderings to add flavor. I do it all the time. :o)

    I have to admit - I know NOTHING about Filipino food. Must remedy soon. In the meantime, I wonder if that's one of the reasons why bloggers participate in themed events? Is it to stretch your culinary envelope?

    I gotta find one and join!!!

    [K]

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  20. These are perfect! I fell in love with Spanish croquettes in Spain a couple years ago and swore to myself I would make some and you beat me to it! Fabulous recipe, Asha, and they look as good (or better) than what we ate in Spain! Delicious! Pass the plate, please!

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  21. Una deliziosa ricetta e foto splendide , ciao e complimenti Stefania

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  22. I love croquette but never made it with chorizo. Stunning pictures!

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  23. Chorizo and croquette could be my two new favourite words! Love this idea with chorizo. YUMM!

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  24. Now that looks soooo good! And I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I am dieting right now so ANY fried food has this much more appeal all of a sudden.. :) No seriously it looks delicious!

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  25. Good luck for the challenge! This croquetas are delicious....

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  26. Yum! They look great! Too bad I couldn't vote them eather, hope next time I won't arrive too late :)

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  27. This is delish! I don't think I can stop at one.

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  28. Fried finger foods are so sinful but I love them all and your Filipino Chorizo Croquetas take, look so divine...

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  29. Oh, my gosh! I love croquets. My grandmother used to make them all the time for me when I was a child. Ever since I moved to the States, I haven't been able to find them anywhere. I am going to so try your recipe.

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  30. Beautiful croquetas! Love the idea of the sausage fat to add flavor to the bechamel... beautifully fried too, good job!

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