Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cheddar, Pepper, & Onion Croquettes

2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped ($.10)
2 T. butter ($.05)
2 large bell peppers, red and orange, minced ($.80)
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced ($.10)
1/2 tsp. oregano ($.05)
1 tsp. basil ($.05)
1/3 C. alfredo sauce ($.30)
3 T. Italian salad dressing, fat free (free after coupons)
1/2 C. shredded cheddar blend ($.25)
3-4 T. flour ($.05)
1 egg ($.10)
3/4 C. breadcrumbs ($.15)
1/8 C. parmesan ($.25)
1 T. parsley ($.05)
1 tsp. garlic powder ($.05)
2 C. vegetable oil ($.75)

In a medium skillet, add butter and melt over a low heat. Add onion, peppers, basil, and oregano, and cook until tender (6-8 minutes). Add garlic and Italian salad dressing, season with salt and pepper and cook until heated through. Add in alfredo sauce and cheddar, cook 2-3 minutes, sprinkle with flour by tablespoon, stirring until mixture has thickened. Remove mixture from pan and cool completely. (If you are in a hurry, place mixture in bowl and refrigerate 15-20 minutes.)

Whisk one egg in a separate bowl.

Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, and remaining spices in a dry, shallow bowl.

Heat oil in a small fry pan to 325 to 350F.

Form veggie and cheese mixture into 1-2 T. sized nuggets - shaped into small cylinders, dip in egg wash, then roll in breadcrumbs to coat well.

Add ham and cheese croquettes to oil and cook until golden brown on each side (about 3 minutes per side). Drain and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Yield = 24-28 croquettes
Cost: $3.10
Cost per croquette = $.13

1 comment:

  1. Such an affordable recipe for croquettes - I've had them at tapas places and loved every kind I've tried (except the spinach kind) and they are so yummy.