Seasoned mashed potatoes are filled with aromatic chicken fillings, breaded, fried and served with whole chili
My daughter often says “Mama, when I grow up as big as you, I will cook all the food you’ve cooked for me”. I don’t know about you, but when I hear that, I think I grew taller a few inches somehow! She’s my “picky” eater (though a lot better now!) and so, when she really likes something I made, mom couldn’t be happier.
I never knew what it’s like being a picky eater. Seriously! I was born to eat. I love food from day 1 (and so mom said!). My husband said his mom had to chase him around trying to feed him. He did not like to eat! But looking at him now, you wouldn’t believe my story. In fact, people at the office know him as tiny Asian guy who can REALLY eat! and eat just about anything! So people…I have hope that picky eaters might turn around!
This kroket kentang is one of my favorite recipes from mom. I loved it as a kid (still do now) and now my kids get to have a taste of Indonesian version of croquettes. The kroket is usually stuffed with whole green chili. Most Indonesians like their food spicy. I used some red chili for some color contrast in the photo.
Kroket Kentang / Indonesian Potato Croquette
- 500 gr potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
- 2 Tbsp milk powder
- 1/4 tsp of nutmeg powder
- 1/4 tsp of white pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- Oil for frying
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 cups bread crumbs
Melt butter in a pan. Add in onions and saute until soft and fragrant. Add in meat, vegetable, and spices. Cook for another minute. Have a taste and season with salt. Add water and sprinkle in the flour. Cook until the filling is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely. Can be prepared one day ahead.
Boil the potato until soft (you can easily pierce with fork). Mash it while it's hot using potato masher or using mixer. Add the milk powder and the rest of the ingredients. Stir to mix everything. Set aside to let it cool down
Preheat cooking oil enough for deep-frying. Clean your hands thoroughly and it's easier if your hands are a bit wet. Take about 1-2 Tbsp of potato dough and flattened it on your hand and make a little well in the middle. Fill with the filling (don't over fill or you will have trouble wrapping it up) and close it by molding the dough around the filling to form a croquette shape
Dip in eggs and then bread crumbs. Fry in small batches 2-3 at a time for best result