peanut butter fingers (vegetable croquettes)

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peanut butter fingers (vegetable croquettes)

  • 2.25 pounds potatoes (I used Yukon Gold potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large red or green bell peppers, seeded and chopped (I used one red and one yellow)
  • 3 carrots, coarsely grated
  • 2 zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped (I omitted this ingredient)
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs
  • 1 cup mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • .5 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • .5 cup dried breadcrumbs (I used panko with good results)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • oil, for deep frying
  1. Halve the potatoes, if large. Bring to a boil in a pan of water, then simmer for 20 minutes, or until very tender. Mash thoroughly. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion, peppers, and carrots over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and mushrooms and cook 5 more minutes.
  2. Tip the mashed potato into a bowl and stir in the vegetable mixture, dried herbs, grated cheddar cheese, and peanut butter. Allow to cool for 30 minutes, then stir in half the beaten egg. Divide the mixture into 12 and shape into croquettes. Chill until firm.
  3. Put the remaining beaten egg in a shallow bowl. Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in another shallow bowl. Dip each croquette in egg, then in the cheese/breadcrumb mixture until evenly coated. Return to the fridge to set.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375°F, then fry their croquettes in batches for about three minutes until golden. Serve hot with a green salad.

NOTES: I omitted the mushrooms from this recipe because no one in my house likes mushrooms. My sense of this recipe is that you could substitute just about any vegetable you or your kids do like for the zucchini, carrots etc. I can’t help but believe you could also make this substituting parsnips or sweet potatoes or other similar root vegetable for the potato as well. I use thyme as my primary herb, but you could dramatically change the flavor and character of this food by changing the herb. Also note, the proportions of this recipe seem somehow out of whack, so follow instructions carefully and be prepared to act intuitively if you feel like one ingredient is likely to overpower the others.

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