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Vegetarian Croquetas

Looking for a tasty vegetarian appetizer to serve your guests? Then, give these Vegetarian Croquetas recipe a try!

Vegetarian Croquetas
Vegetarian Croquetas

In the last couple of years, this typical tapa has become one of the most popular appetizers in bars and restaurants. Everyone seems to be looking for the perfect croqueta in bars and restaurants around Spain. But they’re so easy to prepare, that we strongly encourage you to try making some at home, and then to create your own version. You just need to be careful to follow a few basic steps.

We’re using mushrooms to prepare these vegetarian croquetas. Mushrooms are not only tasty, but good for you too. They’re an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as copper, selenium, and a number of B vitamins. They also contain Beta glucans, which are a type of soluble fiber that may improve your cholesterol levels.

If you don’t like mushrooms, just replace them with some other vegetables – or basically anything else. And if you decide to go for something crazy and get an amazing result, give us your feedback in the comments! 

Keep in mind that the besamel (our main ingredient here) should be prepared at least 24 hours in advance.

Vegetarian Croquetas Recipe

Vegetarian Croquetas Recipe

Croquetas have become one of the most popular tapas in bars around Spain. Learn how to prepare them with this simple vegetarian croquetas recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, tapa
Cuisine Mediterranean, spanish
Servings 6 people
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Bechamel

  • 200 grams mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 100 grams flour
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 liter milk
  • salt
  • olive oil

For the breading

  • Fine bread crums
  • 3 eggs
  • olive oil

Instructions
 

  • As we mentioned earlier, you should make the besamel about 24 hours in advance. Wash your mushrooms carefully with water and chop them into small pieces of about 1 or 2 cm.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, a pinch of salt and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Place them in a blender jar and blend until you get a creamy texture.
  • Chop the spring onion into small pieces. Heat the butter in a skillet over low heat. Once the butter has melted you can add the spring onion and fry for 4 minutes.
  • Add the flour and cook it for about 30 seconds more, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon if possible and make sure the flour doesn’t burn. Then, add a bit of milk and keep stirring.
  • Add the blended mushrooms. Keep adding milk little by little while stirring until you get a homogenous and not too liquid but not too solid sauce. It may take 15-20 minutes. If you feel like the sauce is too liquid just keep stirring a bit more over low heat. If it's too solid, add some more milk.
  • Place your besamel in a plate, covered with another plate or with some plastic wrap. Keep it in the fridge once it´s cold.
  • The next day, scoop up some of your besamel using a spoon and create an oval shape with your hands. Repeat the process until you have run out of besamel.
  • Bread your croquetas in two phases. Place a whisked egg on one dish, and breadcrumbs on the other. Take a croqueta, soak it in the egg, roll it on the bread crumbs and repeat the process with all your croquetas.
  • Heat about 3 centimeters of olive oil in a big pan over high heat and start frying the croquetas. To make sure the oil is hot enough, put one of the croquetas in the pan: if you see some bubbles appearing it means the oil is ready.
    When you are frying them, move them around on your frying pan to ensure even browning, and to ensure they don’t burn. Turn them over and repeat on the other side. Then remove them and place them on a plate lined with kitchen towels to soak up the oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 11gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 224mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 825IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 1mg
Keyword croquetas, croquettes, Tapas, vegetarian
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