Recipe – “Green Tea Croquettes”


“New Tastes in Green Tea” by Mutsuko Tokunaga

4-5                  medium potatoes

1/2                  medium onion

2 Tbsp.           Butter

7 oz.                Hashed beef

Salt and pepper to taste

Pinch of nutmeg

3  Tbsp.          Green peas

1  Tbsp.          Powdered sencha or matcha

3/4 cup         flour

1                     egg, beaten

1 -1/2   cups bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for deep-frying

3  oz.              Cabbage, finely shredded

1                      cherry for garnish

*Peel and quarter the potatoes and boil in a large pan of water with some salt added.  When cooked, drain and mash the potatoes while still hot.  Set aside.

*Finely slice the onion.   Heat the butter in a fry pan and saute the onion over low heat until tender.    Add the hashed beef and stir vigourously until the meat breaks up into strands.   Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated.    Add the peas and mix.

*Add the beef to the mashed potatoes.   Add the powdered sencha and mix.   Then place in a shallow tray to let it cool.

*Divide the mixture into 12 portions and shape into croquettes.

*Place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls.   Roll each croquette in the flour, dip in egg, and coat with bread crumbs.

*Heat the oil to 360 deg. Fahrenheit (180 deg. Celsuis) and deep-fry the croquettes until they become golden brown.

*Place the shredded cabbage in the center of a large dish, garnish with a cherry, put the croquettes around it, and serve immediately.