Delicious cranberry chestnut croquetas

While they're served in restaurants and bakeries and at walk-up counters, there's nothing like homemade!

Croquetas are a favorite appetizer served all over the world. Small and round, they’re made of a variety of fillings, such as ham–less commonly–tuna. They’re then breaded and deep fried. While they’re served in restaurants and bakeries and at walk-up counters, there’s nothing like homemade! Get your kitchen ready for our tasty recipe for cranberry chestnut croquetas that’s sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients

1 lb roasted chestnuts (frozen or bagged okay too, but not jarred)

4 oz crumbled blue cheese, no rind

8 oz fresh goat cheese

1 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

4 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups plain breadcrumbs

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

After peeling the chestnuts, chop them roughly and combine them with the cheeses, cranberries, and spices. Mix until combined, being careful not to whip it, since you want to avoid getting too much air in your mixture. If available, use an electric stand mixer. Add salt and pepper to taste, then cover and chill the filling for your cranberry chestnut croquetas.

After about 2 hours or when chilled, take the mixture and break off to roll into balls, about 1 inch each. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and set aside. In a shallow pan or bowl, pour flour and spread evenly across surface. Do the same for the breadcrumbs.

In sets of 4 to 5, roll croquetas in flour to coat, shaking off any extra before dipping in egg mixture. Let coat, being sure any extra trickles off before rolling in breadcrumbs. Set aside while you continue the rest, and when they’re all coated, chill again, uncovered, for about 30 minutes.

Heat up your pan or pot with oil (about 1 1/2 inches), until it reaches 350 degrees. Again working in sets of 4 or 5, fry the croquetas until browned, about 1 to 2 minutes, being sure to turn them if necessary to evenly cook. Use a spoon with slits or holes to take croquetas from the pan and place on paper towels. Once drained, move them to a baking pan and keep them warm in a preheated oven (350 degrees) while you finish the rest.

Normally, croquetas are served with a slice of ham or cheese and some crackers. But since our recipe is a twist on the favorite, feel free to serve with whatever you think will enhance the flavor. Just remember, whether you want to serve them to ward off the weather or just to treat your family, be sure to serve them fresh from the pan for the best taste!