- buckwheat 3 cups cooked
- white button mushrooms 1/2 lb. , sliced
- Onion 1 medium, diced
- Carrot 1 medium, grated
- Eggs 2 large • 130 kcal
- semolina or plain flour 1 Tbsp
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bread crumbs 3/4 cup plain
- Oil for frying
These crispy croquettes are filled with the earthy tastes of mushroom and buckwheat.
They make a great side dish with meats, poultry, or fish, or they can form part of a vegetarian main course, or as party food with dips.
If you’ve never cooked with buckwheat before, it is a versatile and healthy grain with a slightly nutty taste and chewy texture. Mushrooms mix well with buckwheat, and the whole thing is coated in crispy breadcrumbs and sautéed.
Transfer cooked, warm buckwheat to a food processor or blender and blend until ground. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Place a large skillet over medium heat, and add 2 Tbsp oil then the chopped onion and grated carrot.
Sauté for 5 minutes, or until softened.
Add sliced mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes until soft.
Transfer the mixture to food processor and pulse until everything is minced up, then add to the mixing bowl with the buckwheat.
Add 1 egg, 1 Tbsp semolina or plain flour, 1 tsp salt, and pepper to taste, then stir well to combine.
With wet hands, form the mixture into flattened patties – roughly the size of an egg. If your mixture seems too dry to mould easily, add a little water, 1 tsp at a time until you can work the dough.
Crack the other egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork. In another bowl, add 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Dip the molded croquettes into beaten egg, making sure they are well-coated, then roll in bread crumbs until covered, and transfer to a board or plate.
Once all the croquettes are breaded, heat a large, deep pan over medium heat and add 1/4″ oil. Once oil is hot (put a cube of bread in – if it sizzles and turns brown quickly, the oil is hot enough), put the croquettes in the pan and sauté for 3 min per side or until golden brown.
If you have a smaller skillet, cook in batches, adding oil as needed.