Croquetas De Gambas -- Prawn Croquettes (Spain)

“This recipe was found online in spain-recipes.com & s posted here for Zaar World Tour 5. Preparation time does not include time needed for the sauce to cool completely. NOTE: The list of ingredients does not include the olive oil to use in deep-frying!”
READY IN:
1hr 25mins
SERVES:
18
YIELD:
36 croquettes
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter, then add the flour & cook it, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.
  2. A little at a time, add cold milk, stirring continuously until there is a thick, smooth sauce.
  3. Add prawns & season well before stirring in the tomato paste.
  4. Continue cooking for 7-8 minutes, or until the sauce is quite thick.
  5. Cool the sauce COMPLETELY, 4-5 hours or overnight.
  6. Take scant tablespoons of the mixture & form into a 'croqueta' (a cylinder not more than 2 inches long).
  7. Roll each croqueta in breadcrumbs, then coat with beaten egg, then roll again in the breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs MUST BE DRY to ensure an even coating.
  8. In a large, heavy-based saucepan heat the olive oil for deep-frying until temperature reaches 350 degrees F or a cube of bread turns golden brown in 20-30 seconds.
  9. Deep-fry in batches of not more than 4 for about 5 minutes or until golden brown, then remove with a slotted spoon & drain on paper towels.
  10. Serve ASAP & enjoy!

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