10222019133749_500x500-1In today’s “Quarantine Cooking” adventure we’re visiting the kitchen of UPF journals manager Lauren Phillips, who tried a recipe from The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, Anniversary Edition. Published this spring to celebrate the 115th birthday of the nation’s largest Spanish restaurant and Florida’s oldest restaurant, this delicious cookbook contains 178 recipes that make the Columbia famous.

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Lauren’s comments:

We made croquettes from The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook! We used ground pork as that’s what we had handy. Perfect comfort food. 

Ham or Chicken Croquettes
Croquetas de Jamón o Pollo

Makes 12 to 16 croquettes

  • ¼ cup margarine or butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 small to medium onion, minced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups ham or chicken, cooked and ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fine dry bread crumbs
  • Peanut oil for frying

Melt butter. Blend in flour, onion, and milk. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, until very thick. Stir in 1 egg beaten with lemon juice.
Add ham or chicken and salt and pepper to taste. Pour into shallow dish
and refrigerate (covered) for 2 hours. Shape into croquettes the size of
3-inch cylinders. Chill. Coat with flour, then dip into mixture of 1 egg
beaten with 2 tablespoons water. Roll in crumbs. Deep-fry in hot oil until
golden brown.

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