Friday, October 14, 2011

VeganMoFo V: Chickpea Croquettes Revisited

First of all, did you hear it's MOFO HUMP DAY?!  WEEEEEEEE!

So, this is another recipe from MoFo past.  During my first year, I spent most of the time veganizing omni things.  I found a recipe for salmon croquettes by Paula Deen and followed it completely, using chickpeas instead.  It wasn't big on flavor and quite boring.  So, I started thinking about the croquettes we had as a kid.  I think I remember them being a weekly thing for a little while.  They had a bunch of flavor and color to them.

that's some tasty business
Chickpea Croquettes
(makes 8)

This is easily made gluten and/or soy free.  I like 'em with a squeeze of lime and some tartar sauce, but they'd be fantastic with some remoulade.

Two 15 oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
¼ cup minced red bell pepper
2 Tbsp minced celery
4 green onions, minced
2 toasted nori sheets, crumbled into a powder (optional)
2 Tbsp fresh dill or parsley, minced
½ tsp Garlic Pepper or granulated garlic
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
⅓ cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
⅓ cup flour or starch

Mash the chickpeas in a large mixing bowl until no whole beans are left. Stir in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest, bell pepper, celery, onions, nori, dill or parsley, and spices. Mix thoroughly before stirring in the bread crumbs.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Coat with a thin layer of olive oil. Use ¼ cup scoop to form patties.  Dredge each patty in a little bit of flour or starch before placing in the skillet. Fry until golden brown, a few minutes on each side.

served with some mixed greens
This was so much better than my first attempt 3 years ago.  It's got a little crisp on the outside and a flaky, tender middle.  Me likes!

Tomorrow, I'm gonna be doing something with matcha.  Oh, and I've been doing something for my next rainbow day.  It involves alcohol so wooo!


Rose said...

These sound yummy, and look so enticing with the sauce on the plate. Looking forward to the rainbow alcohol post.

celyn said...

Mo, these look great! I'm going to make them. Looking forward to see what you do with matcha, because I have some kicking around in the cupboards.

John McDevitt said...

Those look GOOD! I'm all hungry at 3am now :)

jessy said...

your croquettes look awesome, Mo! i think i'd like them with a little lemon juice 'n tartar sauce (heavy on the relish), too. sounds perfect. easy enough to make gluten-free - i love it! you know, whenever we veganize Paul's recipes we always have to add more to it. i think some of her recipes are just kinda bland, which strikes me as odd, but that's okay.

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm so impressed with your fancy upbringing, eating Croquettes! I was busy eating mashed potatoes and cereal from a box because my mom hated to cook while you were dining on remoulade. I want your childhood! :) Those look so goooood!! P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for all your comments on my blog--what a treat to wake up and find them thing morning :) You are so sweet! xo, Cara

Rachel Hallows said...

Ooh, those look lovely. I remember having something similar (though definitely not called croquettes - probably just "fish cakes"!) when I was younger. I'll have to give these a try!

Luciana said...

This sounds so good! I remember having canned salmon cakes as a kid (I still shudder thinking about it), but these sound way, way better!

Mandee said...

I could go half a dozen of these right now, they look yummo, Mo!

Ty (aka Meccabell) said...

I remember salmon (well we called them cakes instead) croquettes and I used to love them and how easy they were. I am definitely trying these, I always have a can of chickpeas on hand.

KateMcC said...

Made these for dinner tonight. Excellent! Even my husband, who is a carnivore, said they were "do-agains."