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Belgian   -   Fried Cheese Croquettes   adapted from Everybody Eats Well In Belgium

  • 3/4 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 2/3 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese -- grated
  • 1 Cup Swiss Emmental Cheese -- grated
  • 2 3/4 Cups Gruyere Cheese -- grated
  • 3 Large Egg Yolk
  • Salt And Pepper -- to taste
  • Nutmeg -- to taste
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
Directions melt butter in medium sized saucepan. add flour and cook stirring constantly. gradually whisk in milk. bring mixture to almost a boil. stirring constantly. reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce should be thick and smooth. Add cheeses and bring to a boil. Remove sauce from heat. Stir briskly for a few minutes to cool. stir in egg yolks and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Line a 9 inch square cake pan with plastic wrap. press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. prepare coating. in medium sized bowl beat the egg whites with the salt and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. plut the flour and bread crumbs into separate bowls. Unmold the firm cheese mixture onto a lightly floured surface. cut into 12 rectangles. coat the croquetts one at a time. dust each rectangle or ball lightly with flor, dip into egg white mixture and coat with bread crumbs. Cover and refrigerate until ready to fry. preheat oven to 250 degrees. heat the oil in a deep fryer or a wok
over medium high heat to 375. fry the croquettes a few at a time until they turn a rich golden color, 3 to 6 minutes. drain on paper towls and keep warm in the oven.
Serves 12
Time to Make 0:00

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