Shaping Croquettes

Croquettes should be made rather small, as they will then heat through while the outside is browning. A good standard measurement is a rounded tablespoonful of the mixture to a croquette. In shaping, first make them into balls, having the mixture as soft as it can possibly be handled and cuddling, rather than pressing, it into shape. Roll these balls lightly in flour or fine crumbs. When all have been formed into balls, start at the beginning again and give them any shape desired, either cylindrical, in the form of cutlets, or pyramids.

Then egg and crumb. If they are allowed to stand a few minutes after the first shaping, they can be easily handled.

General Recipe For Croquettes

2 cupfuls finely-minced meat or fish 1 egg yolk

1/2 cupful White Sauce No. 3 Seasoning to taste

Put together in the order given. Form into balls, or whatever shape may be desired, egg and crumb, and fry as directed.

Potato Croquettes

2 cupfuls hot need potatoes 2 tablespoonfuls butter 1/2 teaspoonful salt 1/3 teaspoonful pepper 1/4 teaspoonful celery salt Few grains cayenne

Few drops onion juice 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoonful minced parsley Milk, or cream, to moisten, if necessary

Mix the ingredients in the order given and beat thoroughly. Shape into balls. Egg and crumb, and fry as in general directions.

Potato And Ham Croquettes

Prepare the mixture as for Potato Croquettes, and add 3/4 cupful of finely-minced ham. Egg, crumb and fry as in general directions.

Potato Croquettes En Surprise

Prepare the mixture as for Potato Croquettes, embedding in the center of each a small piece of cooked sausage. Egg, crumb and fry as in general directions.

Potato And Nut Croquettes

Prepare the mixture as for Potato Croquettes, and add 3/4 cupful of chopped peanuts, black walnuts or hickory nuts. Egg, crumb and fry according to general directions.

Potato And Cheese Croquettes

Prepare the mixture as for Potato Croquettes, and add to it 3/4 cupful of grated American cheese. Egg, crumb and fry as in general directions.

Sweetbread Croquettes

1 cupful finely-chopped cooked sweetbreads

1 cupful chopped, cooked mushrooms

1/2 cupful thick white sauce

1 egg yolk

Few grains mace

Few drops onion juice

1/2 teaspoonful lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the ingredients in the order given. Egg, crumb and fry as in general directions.

Meat And Apple Croquettes

1 pound chopped raw meat, any kind 1 tart apple 1 egg

1 1/4 teaspoonfuls salt 1/8 teaspoonful pepper Flour

Peel the apple and grate it. Mix it with the meat, the egg, and seasonings and form into small, flat croquettes. Roll these in flour and fry in deep fat hot enough to brown a bit of bread in two minutes. Drain on crumpled paper and serve garnished with parsley.