Recipe: Turkey croquettes

Total time:

40 minutes, plus at least 5 hours chilling time





Adapted from "The Tenth Muse."

3 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chicken broth

2 cups finely minced cooked


3 green onions, finely chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, chives, marjoram or mint or a combination


Freshly ground pepper

Flour for dredging


1 beaten egg

1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs

1 quart or more canola oil for deep-frying

1. Melt the butter

in a small saucepan, stir in the flour, and cook gently over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Off heat, pour in the chicken broth and whisk vigorously. Return the sauce to medium-low heat, bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to eliminate any lumps and cook gently, about 5 minutes. Stir in the turkey, green onions, herbs, one-half teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper and let cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. Shape the cold meat mixture

into four croquettes (roughly 4-inch cylinders flattened at the ends); roll them first in flour, then in egg, and finally in breadcrumbs, making sure that they are coated all over. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. In a large, deep pot,

heat the oil until a thermometer inserted reads 360 degrees, or until a crumb of bread dropped in the oil sizzles immediately but doesn't turn dark quickly, and lower the croquettes, one or two at a time, into the hot fat. After about 2 minutes, when browned on the bottom, turn them and fry for 1 or 2 minutes more. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve, but they are best eaten right away.

Each serving:

428 calories; 25 grams protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 28 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 129 mg. cholesterol; 573 mg. sodium.