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My husband calls them the Japanese version of shepherd’s pie, and it’s easy to see why as the croquettes are made of beef and mashed potatoes. Coated in panko and deep-fried, these fluffy balls are usually served with tonkatsu sauce and a side of shredded cabbage. Not only are they fun to make, they’re also a crowd pleaser for children and adults! This is an easy recipe your family will ask for again and again!
Bring a medium size pot of water to boil. Add potatoes and boil until they are cooked through. Drain and put them into a mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes and set aside.
In a large pan on high heat, melt the butter then add onions and garlic. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, add ground beef and cook until beef is fully cooked. Add the beef mixture to the potatoes and mix well. Season well with salt and pepper.
You can now begin to heat up the oil to 340ºF (cooking thermometers are easy to find and very useful).
Meanwhile, shape the mixture into balls; mine are usually about the size of my palm. Dust them in flour, dip in egg and coat with panko breadcrumbs. Fry until golden brown and crispy (be careful not to overcrowd the pot as this will decrease the oil temperature).
Serve with tonkatsu sauce and shredded cabbage.
Latkes, simply put, are potato pancakes. And though they traditionally aren’t much more than a glorified hash brown, there is a technique to frying them. I’ve had any number of latkes over the years and it took a lot of trial and error to get the “fry” just right. Here now, I share with you my method for frying latkes.
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