A croquette is basically a French fritter, but doesn’t it sound much more elegant? A croquette is typically about 2-1/2 to 3 inches long and 1-1/2 inch diameter, but don’t obsess about this – that’s just a general guideline. You can also roll them into balls if you like. I wouldn’t dream of dictating any rules on the size or shape of your croquette or fritter.

Sweet Potato Croquettes

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
2 heaping tablespoons butter
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup bread crumbs

Bake sweet potatoes until tender, peel and mash well. Add butter, salt and sugar to potatoes and beat thoroughly. Form into croquettes, dip in beaten egg then crumbs and fry in wire basket in deep hot oil. (I’d certainly add some cinnamon and nutmeg when mashing the potatoes)

JR Watkins cookbook, circa 1936


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