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Potato Croquettes With Thai Spicy Curry

Serves6
IngredientsPotatoes, Seafood, Dairy
Day PartDinner
Menu PartAppetizer/Small Plate
Cuisine TypeAsian
Potato Croquettes With Thai Spicy Curry

Source: Recipe and photo courtesy of Washington Potato Commission

These rich and spicy croquettes are topped with a quail egg, turning them into a dish that could be just as much at home on a brunch menu as on the starter list at dinner. Chef Sun suggests accompanying the French-Asian small plate with a glass of beer.

Ingredients

Croquettes

1 3/4 lb. russet potatoes
1 tbsp. butter, softened
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. white pepper
Pinch nutmeg

Thai Spicy Curry

1 to 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed and cut into 1-in. lengths
1 cup hazelnuts or macadamia nuts, roasted
1 1/2-in. piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and grated
3 (2-in.) pieces turmeric root, peeled and grated
2 Thai chilies
1 1/2 shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
1 tbsp. sugar

Filling

1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped
1 lb. scallops, chopped
1 tbsp. vegetable oil

Breading

3 eggs
1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 box (8 oz.) panko bread crumbs
6 quail eggs
Vegetable oil for frying

Garnish

1 bunch lemon thyme or ½ bunch scallions, sliced thin
2 limes, cut into wedges
 

Steps

  1. Scrub potatoes with vegetable brush under cold running water. Peel and cut into chunks.
  2. In large saucepan, place potatoes; add cold water to completely cover. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook 10 to 15 min. until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Thai Curry Paste: In food processor, combine lemongrass, hazelnuts, ginger, turmeric, chilies, shallots and garlic; process until smooth.  Heat 3 tbsp. oil over med.-high heat. Add curry paste and saute until bubbly. Stir in cream and sugar; reduce heat to low and simmer until thick, about 5 min. Strain into small bowl.
  4. Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl; let potatoes cool briefly. Mix in butter, salt and pepper; mash or whisk until potato mixture in smooth; mix in egg yolks until blended.
  5. Prepare Filling: In skillet over med.-high heat, heat oil. Add shrimp and scallops; cook just until translucent. Stir in 3/4 cup of Thai Curry Paste.
  6. Scoop about 1/2 cup potato mixture for each croquette; press each into disk 2 to 3 in. in diameter. Portion about 1 tbsp. shrimp mixture into center of each disk. Carefully fold edges over and form balls or cones, making sure filling is sealed inside potato mixture.
  7. Prepare Breading: In large bowl, beat eggs until blended. Bread croquettes by dipping each first in flour, then in beaten eggs, then in panko.
  8. Heat oil in deep fryer or 1/2 in. oil in large skillet to 350 F. Fry croquettes in small batches 3 to 5 min. until golden brown, turning if necessary.
  9. To serve, spoon 1 to 2 tbsp. Thai Curry Paste in center of plate; arrange 2 to 3 croquettes on plate. Garnish with lemon thyme and lime wedges.

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