Potato Croquettes

These can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking them. They are a wonderful accompaniment to simple roasted or grilled meats and fish.

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • teaspoons (or to taste) salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or marjoram (optional)
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • Peanut or vegetable oil for deep frying

Method

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake the potatoes until tender, about 1 hour. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the pulp. Put the pulp through a potato ricer or through the large holes of a food mill, or mash (do not puree in any piece of electric equipment). Measure about 3 cups.

Combine all ingredients except the bread crumbs and oil. Shape into -inch balls and roll in the bread crumbs to coat.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Heat 4 to 6 inches oil in a deep fryer or heavy deep saucepan over medium-high heat to 350°F. Add as many croquettes as will comfortably fit without crowding and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in the oven (no more than 15 minutes) while frying the remaining croquettes. Serve with steak, lamb, or whatever your heart desires.