Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
These are great as tapas, or as a side dish, courtesy of Gourmet.
- 1 lb large potato, peeled and cubed
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- salt and pepper
- 3⁄4 cup flour
- 3⁄4 cup dried breadcrumbs
- 4 cups olive oil (for frying)
- 8 saffron threads, crumbled
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot water
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon tomato paste
- salt, pepper to taste
- For Aioli.
- Put saffron and hot water in a small cup, let stand 5 minutes.
- Puree with remaining Aioli ingredients in a blender, refrigerate.
- For Croquettes.
- Put diced potatoes in a pot, cover with water and boil 10 minutes until tender.
- Mash with a masher and cool.
- Beat 1 egg, add to potatoes with herbs, butter, salt and pepper.
- Form into small balls on a plate.
- Beat remaining 2 eggs in a bowl.
- Add flour to one plate and bread crumbs to another.
- Roll the potato balls in flour, dip into eggs, roll in bread crumbs.
- Place on a tray lined with foil.
- Chill for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Heat oil in a pot until temp reaches 360--or use a deep fryer.
- Fry in batches until browned.
- Transfer to paper towels to drain, then place on a tray in the oven to keep warm.
- Serve croquettes with saffron aioli.
it won't be fair to add a rating, since i have not tried the core of the recipe which is the croquettes - but just a note to say the saffron aioli is very good. we enjoyed it with a more indianised version of potato croquettes, and it just made the dish.
Talk about Comfort food! This is it and a step higher! The Aioli is wonderful. I just couldn`t use just 8 saffron threads I used a good big pinch. Skipped the tomato paste just didn`t want to open a can for a 1/4 teaspoon. Added 1 very small onion the size of a shallot. Followed the rest of the directions. When taken out of the refrigerator it was speckled with orange spots. I just gave it a mix. It was the saffron releasing it`s color. I added 2 tablespoons of the aioli to the potatoes along with the rest of the ingredients. It did need more bread crumbs then called for. The herbs I was very generous with I may have used twice the amount. These are very addictive! Thet had a crunchy crust and a creamy center. My Husband and I ate almost all of them. They were great dipped into the creamy rich aioli. Enjoy my picture.I tried to give a step by step of the recipe. Sandy, Wonderful!