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Easy Japanese Croquettes

These "croquettes" are easy to make, and yummy with the crispy outside, and soft insides with potato, onions and ground beef. They can be served with rice, shredded cabbage or fruit. This is a real easy dish to make, and a great way to also use left over mashed potatoes when you have them.
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I like to serve cut up cantaloupe and orange slices with this because the sauce that goes over the croquettes is very spicy. The fruit on the side makes it all very refreshing, and delicious.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: about 1 hr

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. If you like super spicy, you'll love this as it is very spicy. You could actually omit the sauce, but some people love it, and they also sell Tonkatsu sauce in a bottle if you don't choose to make it. I loved this sauce the first time I was introduced to it. I suppose if you like Worcestershire, as that flavor comes through loud and clear, you'll like it too.

    Mix the sauce ingredients; ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Stir and set aside or put in the refrigerator.
  2. Cut up your potatoes to make "mashed potatoes". Medium boil for 15-20 minutes, and drain. Hand mash, and add melted butter (I melt the butter in the microwave). Then add the salt and pepper. No milk in these potatoes, as they need to be stiff.
  3. Cut up your onion to make about 3/4 - 1 cup. You want a large chop.
  4. You can start cooking your chopped onions in a teaspoon of oil while your potatoes are still cooking. Just cook them until translucent and browned a bit.
  5. Then add your ground beef to the cooked onions. Cook until the meat is done. You want to leave the ground beef a little chunky, not crumbly. Add a teaspoon of soy sauce and the garlic. Drain any oil.
  6. Next, add your cooked ground beef and onions to your mashed potatoes, and mix up thoroughly.
  7. Now take about 1/2 of hand full out of your pan of the mixture which is the mashed potatoes and onions, and shape them into like logs. Actually, they're called the "Croquettes".
  8. Now get 3 bowls ready. One bowl with 2 eggs and milk beaten. Another bowl with flour, and the last bowl with bread crumbs or Panko.
  9. Next, gently take one of your shaped croquettes, and roll it in flour. They're fragile, but still easy to work with. Coat all sides, ends too, in the flour.
  10. Then roll it gently in the egg. Hold on to it loosely in your hand and roll it in the egg mixture. Do not lay in egg.
  11. Now you just roll the Ccroquette in your bread crumbs, covering all sides.
  12. Heat some oil in a skillet, and carefully place a few croquettes when the oil is hot. Cook until each side is golden brown, which only takes a minute or so.
  13. Once they're golden brown on each side, place on paper towels to soak up excess oil.
  14. And last, just spoon some of your Tonkatsu sauce over the top, and enjoy!
    This recipe makes about 8-10 croquettes.
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April 27, 20180 found this helpful

Thumbs way up, Suz! We ate these as kids growing up, and some of the best ones (besides my mum's) were always in Japan by the seaside. Thanks for reminding me how much I adore these!

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April 27, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much Attosa.

Yes, we sure do love these, and that's wonderful your mom made them when you were growing up, also, how nice you've gotten to go to Japan. I've not been, I'd like to...maybe one day, which I hope to.

My ex Mother-in-Law was from Japan, and she taught me how to make them years ago, so whenever I have left over potatoes, it's then the perfect time to make them again.

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I ate them for lunch too the next day after I'd made them, and they heat best in the oven since they're breaded and they keep their crispiness that way vs the microwave, and I am so hooked on the Tonkatsu Sauce on these with the Croquettes crispiness and then the soft potatoes inside, each bite is an Ooooh Yummmmeee, because it's taste isn't like anything else, that I've ever tasted that is, and they're so good, and to me, they're addicting, well, actually, I am hooked on these flavors. hehe

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April 29, 20180 found this helpful

I want to try this with salmon (and a different sauce). Think it would work?

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

I would think that anything that you'd like to eat mixed with mashed potatoes (since they're what holds it all together-the "croquettes" that is) would work. I don't know about salmon with potatoes and onions, but, if it's good please let us know.

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Pork chunks or beef chunks (those work well mixed with mashed potatoes) too. These could even be made without meat, come to think of it.

Anything probably would go in these, even other kinds of cooked vegetables. I would think just be creative with flavors you like and you may come up with something that's extra special for your taste buds :)

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