Potato Croquettes

Potato croquette

This is also another favorite of mine.There are different ways to make this but this is just my way.

You will need;

4-5 potatoes (white potatoes and best for this)

100-150g cooked minced meat

A pinch of black pepper

Salt (to taste)

3 tablespoons milk

A hand full (or less) of chopped green(spring) onions

for frying

Vegetable Oil

For the Batter

Flour (as needed)

2 Eggs (beaten)

Dried Bread crumbs

How to

  • Dice your potatoes,this makes it cook faster

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  • Cook with a little salt till it is soft,but not (mushy-kinda soft),just until you can insert a fork in without any resistance
  • Drain the the water,put it back on the heat and mash immediately (if you wait,it becomes a little harder to mash)
  • Remove from the heat
  • Add the minced meat,black pepper
  • Taste and adjust the salt to your liking

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(don’t use that much and use only the green part)

  • Add the spring onions and mix well,add the milk and mix again until it is well blended.
  • Taste and adjust anything to your liking

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  • Transfer it to a wide plate or tray,spread it out and let it cool
  • Form it into little balls or big balls (as you like it)
  • In 3 different plates,put flour in one,beaten eggs in another,breadcrumbs in the last
  • Roll the balls of mashed potatoes in the flour,eggs,and breadcrumbs in that order,one at a time
  • Fry until golden brown
  • Drain on paper towels and serve

Enjoy!

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Meat Pie — The Nigerian way

Meat pie

┬áThis half moon-shaped pastry is one of the most common pastries in Nigeria,loved by all (I am yet to meet anyone who does not like it).It’s even a big hit among my Hungarian friends too so there has got to be something right about it.right?I can’t say it originates from Nigeria,to be honest,I have no idea where it originates from but different countries have something that makes it different.The buttery crust with meat and vegetable fillings is a palate pleaser.It’s pretty simple to make but there are lots of steps involved.

Recipe

For the Meat and Veggie filling

500g of Minced Meat

1 teaspoon dried chili

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 bullion or stock cube

1 bay leaf

pinch of salt (to taste)

1 small onion

2 medium size carrots

1 medium potato

1 tablespoon vegetable oil(optional,I just like to add it for flavour)

1 tablespoon flour

Bell pepper (optional)

Green peas(optional)

For the Dough

600g Flour

300g Butter

1 tablespoon Baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

Pinch of salt

Cold water (as needed)

1 Egg (for brushing)

How to

makes about 24 pieces

The dough

  • In a big bowl,combine the flour,baking powder,salt,sugar and mix.
  • Cut the butter into little cubes and add to the mixture

  • Rub in the butter till it looks like breadcrumbs

  • Then add water cold water,a little at a time and mix until it forms a soft but firm dough.Cover and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.this gives the gluten in the flour some time to develop

The filling

  • Cut the carrots and potatoes into little pieces

  • Dice the onions too.
  • In a pot,crumble the minced meat in,add the onions and stir,it would begin to change colour as it cooks.add the salt,black pepper,chili,stock cube and keep stirring
  • Add the vegetables and cook for about 2-3mins
  • When it’s done,add the oil,mix,then add the flour.The flour helps to bind all the delicious goodness coming out of the meat

In my opinion,the less the veggies,the more delicious the meat pie is (but then again,it’s just my opinion)

  • Set aside to cool.
  • Roll out the dough,as thin as you want it but not to thin (we don’t want the dough tearing).
  • Get a round cutter or anything round that you can use to cut (I used the container that my daisy cookie cutters came in).

If yours looks like mine,just run a small knife through the cuts.

  • Put about a tablespoon of filling on one half of the cut dough,moisten the edges with a little bit of water (just dip your finger in water and run it around the edges.

  • Fold over and use the tines of a fork to seal the edges.

  • Transfer to a baking sheet
  • Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  • Brush a beaten egg on the dough (this gives it a nice brown finish)
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes

Enjoy!