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Chicken Croquettes

Amount to serve 4 to 6

1/2 cup of flour
500 cc (2 cups) of milk
1 cooked chicken leg
Nutmeg (to taste)
750 cc (3 cups) olive oil
Eggs and bread crumbs as needed to coat the croquettes

Mince the chicken very finely. sauté it in a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Dilute the flour in a little milk, stirring with a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer.

Heat the rest of the milk in a sauce pan. When it's about to boil, add the milk with the diluted flour, and keep stirring with a wooden spoon to prevent the formation of lumps. Cook at low heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture turns into a thick but silky cream. Salt and add the nutmeg to taste, add the chicken and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more, always at low heat. Spread the cream on a large, flat dish, and wait for it to cool down.

Form small oval balls using two spoons or your hands. Dredge in the flour, dip in the egg letting the excess drip off, and coat with bread crumbs. Fry them until golden brown with plenty of olive oil which must be quite hot.

Leave on paper towels to drain before serving.

Recipe provided by Asoliva of Spain


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