Baked Bacon & Cheddar Croquettes

"This is a healthier take on the usual deep-fried croquette."
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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Peel potatoes, then cut the larger ones in half and boil for 20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, pan fry the bacon until crispy, then dry on a paper towel.
  • Mash potatoes by hand or run through a ricer.
  • Chop bacon into small pieces, then combine with shredded cheese and potatoes. Roll mixture into 10 equal-sized balls.
  • Place egg in a small container and whisk. Place breadcrumbs in another small container. Roll each ball in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs, and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 15 minutes.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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