Sopressata Croquetas

Sopresseta Croquetas

Prep Time: Over two hours
Cooking Time: 1 hour

6 Tbs.  butter
8 Tbs. flour
16 oz. milk (room temperature)
5 1/2 Tbs. bread crumbs
4 oz. Sopressata chopped
1 small bunch cilantro chopped
2 scallions chopped
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Primary Prep:
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the milk very slowly until you have a very thick sauce. (about 5-8 minutes.) Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Stir in the breadcrumbs, sopressata, cilantro and scallions. Place in the fridge to chill for at least three hours.

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Secondary Prep:
flour, beaten eggs, and panko bread crumbs for coatingIMG_7108

1. Shape the chilled mixture into two-bite sized balls. Place flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Coat each ball in the flour, then the egg, and finally with a layer of breadcrumbs.IMG_7109
2. Add oil into a deep pot and get extremely hot.
3. Deep fry the croquetas in batches until golden brown. Remove and drain excess oil.IMG_7123
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