Spinach and Mushroom Croquettes
|Onion||1 Small, chopped|
|Garlic||1 Clove (5 gm), minced or pressed|
|Mushrooms||1⁄4 Pound, chopped|
|All-purpose flour||4 Tablespoon, unsifted|
|Ground nutmeg||1⁄8 Teaspoon|
|Milk||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Frozen chopped spinach||10 Ounce, thawed (1 Package)|
|Grated parmesan cheese||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Eggs||2 , separated|
|Fine dry bread crumbs||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Fat||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
Place wok over medium-high heat.
Add 4 tablespoons of the butter.
When butter has melted, add onion, garlic, and mushrooms.
Stir-fry until vegetables are limp and all liquid has evaporated (about 3 minutes).
Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
When butter has melted, blend in flour, salt, and nutmeg.
Remove wok from heat and gradually stir in milk.
Return wok to medium-low heat and cook mixture, stirring, until thickened.
Squeeze out and discard all liquid from spinach.
Stir into wok along with Parmesan cheese and the 2 egg yolks.
Cook, stirring, just until mixture bubbles.
Spread evenly into an ungreased 8 or 9-inch square baking pan.
Cool, cover, and chill thoroughly (at least 3 hours or as long as overnight).
In a bowl, beat the 2 egg whites with water until blended.
Place bread crumbs on a piece of wax paper.
Divide cold vegetable mixture into 9 equal-size parts and, with floured hands, shape each portion into a ball.
Dip each ball into egg white mixture, then roll in crumbs to coat completely.
Cover and chill until firm (at least 2 hours or as long as overnight).
Place wok in ring stand.
Pour oil into wok to a depth of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches and heat to 375° on a deep-fat-frying thermometer.
Fry 2 or 3 croquettes at a time, turning them occasionally, until browned (3 to 4 minutes).
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain.
Serve immediately, or place in a 350° oven to keep warm.
If made ahead, cool thoroughly, cover, and refrigerate for as long as 2 days.
To reheat, place in a single layer on shallow baking sheet and bake, uncovered, in a 375° oven until hot and crisp (20 to 25 minutes).