How to make it

  • Prepare Croquetas:
  • Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cover with salted cold water by 1 inch in a 2-quart saucepan, then boil until tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Drain in a colander. Force potatoes through ricer into a medium bowl and cool. (Can mash with masher or lightly whip with hand mixer.)
  • Lightly beat 1 egg in a small bowl with a fork. Add to cooled potatoes along with herbs, butter, salt, and pepper and stir just until combined.
  • Spoon tablespoons of potato mixture onto a tray, then lightly roll each into a ball between palms of your hands and return to tray.
  • Lightly beat remaining 2 eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Spread flour in a shallow bowl, then spread bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.
  • Working in 4 batches (of 6 or 7), roll balls in flour to coat, gently shaking off excess flour. Dip balls in egg, turning to coat and letting excess drip off, then roll in bread crumbs and return to tray. Chill, covered, 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a 3-quart pot until it registers 360°F on thermometer.
  • Working in 4 batches, fry croquetas, turning if necessary, until browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per batch.
  • Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then transfer to a baking pan and keep warm in oven while frying remaining croquetas. (Return oil to 360°F between batches.)
  • **Croquetas can be fried up to 3 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. Reheat in a preheated 400°F oven 8 minutes.
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  • Prepare Saffron Aioli:
  • Put saffron threads in a small cup, then add hot water and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Purée saffron mixture with remaining ingredients in a mini food processor or a blender until smooth.
  • **Aioli can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving (this will take about 1 hour).

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    " It was excellent "
    miss_ems85 ate it and said...
    Sounds exciting!! one for wine and nibbles for my friends I think :D
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    How exciting there is a new Tapas restaurant just opened up a and it is wonderful I am going to ask if they have your recipe Potato Croquetas with Saffron Aioli.
    Love this one Vickie Bookmarked and another flag
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    " It was excellent "
    greenlord ate it and said...
    OMG !! SOLD! Saffron is not a commonly used spice but it has a very complex and unique taste. I don't know how you came up with the recipe but it's pure genius. fried starchy food with saffron, i would have never thought of this because of the price of the spice! But croquettas are like pomme de terre duchesse, they are fancy fried foods :). i just need to close me eyes and the smell comes to my nose. i can already taste it !!

    I will make those tomorrow!

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  • binky67 9 years ago
    These sound like Da Bomb!!!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    I love tapas too.. I just bought a commercial food mill that would work perfectly for this. Putting these on my short list. They sound delicious. I could eat these without even frying them...;-) Thanks hon.... Thumbs up... Jim
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  • angieaugusta 10 years ago
    great post!lunasea...
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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    These sound like a wonderful tapas we enjoyed in Granada - I can't WAIT to try these...the aioli is absolutely heavenly. Thanks so much for sharing this, lunasea!
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    jovi_nutt ate it and said...
    Yummm!! I'll try making them but I think I'd rather fly to spain and have someone else make them for me..HE HE HE
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    " It was excellent "
    magali777 ate it and said...
    I always wanted the aioli sauce, thanks for posting Vickie!
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  • hollymayb 10 years ago
    I like your commentary here. I love saffron- and tarragon for that matter, so I look forward to trying this. Thanks for the post!
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