For this recipe, we decided to make some very tiny croquettes with king prawns; they are packed with flavour and aromas. Cooking them like this results in the most delicious little morsels.
Replace STEPS 1, 2 and 3 of the ham croquettes recipe for the steps detailed below to produce some delicious mini king prawn croquettes.
Clean the prawns and separate out the tail flesh, keeping the shells and heads aside. Heat 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain in a frying pan and add the shells and heads of the prawns. While frying, crush them with a wooden spoon to ensure all their juices are released. Add the brandy and flambé(flambéing means pouring alcohol over food and setting fire to it. Flambéing is always done with foods that are cooked or semi-cooked. You need to let the flames go out on their own as this ensures that the alcohol has evaporated and that all that’s left is the aroma and flavour of the brandy). This step should be taken with great care. Add the milk. When it starts boiling, remove the pan from heat, put on the lid and let it infuse for around 2 hours. Strain the liquid, crushing the shells in the sieve to release every last bit of flavour, and set aside.
In the same frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain and fry the very finely-chopped garlic until golden. Add the roughly-diced prawn tails and sauté for a couple of minutes.Add the flour and continue frying, stirring constantly, until it has taken on a toasted colour.
Heat the reserved milk and add it little by little to the onion mixture, stirring constantly, until it starts forming a béchamel sauce. The trick to producing a competition-worthy croquette is to really concentrate on the béchamel: the more time you devote to this step, the creamier and smoother it will be (around 15 minutes).Your béchamel is ready when it falls away from the spoon easily. Lower the heat and season to taste with the nutmeg, salt and pepper.
From this point, continue from STEP 4 of the ham croquettes recipe to finish making these deliciously juicy mini king prawn croquettes. As you can see, there is no limit to the variety of croquettes you can make; all you need is a little imagination and your own favourite ingredients, not forgetting the tips and advice we’ve given you, which join all the others that have been so popular on our Facebook page and on Twitter.