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With a crunchy fried coating on the outside, these Easy Carrot Spinach Croquettes are perfectly seasoned and tender on the inside – a delicious appetizer for fall gatherings!
Today was the day I was supposed to have moved. Yet, here I am – my life in boxes. My daughter says I am being way too dramatic with that sentence – buuuuttt… hey now, who’s the one with the blog eh?! Without boring y’all with too much moving mumbo-jumbo, I’ll just say the next time I think of doing the buying and simultaneously selling thing, I’ve told my daughter to throw some frozen croquettes at me! Y’all, I used to think I was a patient person, but all this waiting on ever-changing closing dates and updates that cannot be accessed online is driving me to reconsider that notion!
Thank goodness there are a gazillion parks with some killer hiking trails near us. With everything in boxes, hiking has become such a welcome outlet for my daughter and I while we wait on closing attorneys to do their thing. My daughter pointed out that hiking these trails recently has become more than just an outlet for her as she has grown up around (and, on) most of them.
So, when I knew we were heading to one of our favorite trails the other evening (a lesser known trail that meanders below a hwy, borders a busy mall and has a mini waterfall-of-sorts by it) I figured I’d whip up some of her favorite treats to enjoy afterwards. As she loves fried vegetarian croquettes, I used the few pots and bowls I hadn’t packed up to whip up these Easy Carrot Spinach Croquettes with El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero and El Yucateco® XXX Hot Kutbil-ik adding so much flavor to them! If you take a glance at the recipe ingredients, you will see that there are no other spices flavoring these delicious croquettes other than El Yucateco®!
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As we usually do when we head out on hikes (or to the movies), we smuggled some bottles of El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero, El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
and El Yucateco® XXX Hot Kutbil-ik to enjoy with these Carrot Spinach Croquettes. I usually pick up bottle of my favorite flavors of El Yucateco® at Walmart or Publix, but they are available at most retail stores nationwide. This time I fried the croquettes, but, please feel free to coat them in a roughly ground and spiced almond mixture and bake them instead.
- 2 boiled and skinned potatoes
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tsps fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped spinach
- 2 tsp chopped cilantro
- 1 carrot grated
- 2 + 1 tbsps El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
- 1 tbsp El Yucateco® XXX Hot Kutbil-ik
- 1 egg
- 1-2 cup roughly ground almonds
- canola oil for frying
- 1 tsp paprika
- canola oil for frying
- 1-2 cups breadcrunbs
Add potato to a bowl and mash up
Then add in onions, garlic, ginger, spinach, carrots, cilantro, pinch salt, 2 tbsps of El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero and 1 tbsp El Yucateco® XXX Hot Kutbil-ik and mix well.
Then, using both hands, form mixture into balls and set aside.
Meanwhile prep the egg by mixing in the other tablespoon of El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero.
Set the breadcrumbs out as well and dunk the croquettes in the egg mix and then the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Heat up the oil and when hot, drop i the croquettes and fry for about 4-5 minutes - remember that different stoves have different heat levels so timing may differ.
If baking, then after dipping croquettes in egg, dip them in spiced almond mixture and set aside. Then bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or till golden and crispy.