Spain’s favorite appetizer, the Tuna Croquette. This decadent finger food is created using canned tuna, a béchamel sauce and breadcrumbs. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, these little culinary torpedos will surely delight your guests at your next tapas party.
What are Croquettes?
Croquettes are a versatile snack food that can be found all around the world. Rolled in breadcrumbs and fried to golden perfection, they are a perfect addition to your dinner table as a side dish or as tapas (appetizer).
Croquettes can be made with a variety of fillings including meat, potatoes, cheese, and vegetables. They are usually served with a creamy white sauce called béchamel.
In Spain, croquettes are one of the most common tapas dishes you’ll find in any home or restaurant. Smaller Spanish restaurants will have simple variations of them, while fancier restaurants will make theirs using more unique fillings like blood sausage and cuttlefish
Once you make your own croquettes and see how easy it is to put together, you’ll understand why they’re so popular.
Making Tuna Croquettes
The best thing about making croquette is the flexibility. While traditional croquettes are made with ham and potatoes, you can make them out of anything. Many countries have their own variations which use ingredients popular to the region.
If tuna isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Feel free to substitute in your favorite fish or favorite meat (whether it’s beef, chicken, turkey, veal, sausage or something else entirely).
You can also make vegetarian croquettes by substituting the meat with potatoes, mushrooms, or any other vegetable you like.
Tuna Croquette Tips
- These Spanish tapas are traditionally served with a garlic aioli.
- The key is having a good béchamel sauce.
- Incorporate tuna into your béchamel sauce. A hint of the meat you use in your croquettes will really make the sauce stand out.
- You can form your croquettes into any shape you want. Don’t worry if they all look different.
- Lightly fry them. Keep an eye on them and don’t let them stay in the pan for too long.
- Substitute the meat with your favorite vegetables for an easy vegetarian alternative.
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Bianca is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati. She is an Applied Behavioral Health Technician and a freelance writer. She spends her free time catching up with friends and scaling walls at indoor rock gyms.