Bread and Grana Padano croquettes with fresh herbs, tomato and red pepper sauce
. Difficulty: Medium
. Serves: 4 people
. Preparation time: 45 minutes
IngredientsFor the cheese croquettes:
200g white bread, crust removes
1 small bunch of fresh parsley
1 clove of garlic, chopped
300g grated Grana Padano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
200g fresh tomato sauce
1 red pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 litre of veg oil, for frying
100ml milk (optional)
1 small bunch of fresh basil
PreparationRoughly chop the bread into small cubes. If the bread is too dry, soak it in milk first, and squeeze the excess liquid before creating the croquettes.
Mix the chopped bread with chopped parsley, garlic, eggs, and Grana Padano cheese. Do not add too much salt, as Grana Padano is already salty enough. Mix and knead well by hands until smooth. Create small balls. Traditionally they should not be larger than 3 cm.
As an accompaniment, chop the pepper, roast with olive oil and a pinch of salt and add it to the tomato sauce. Heat the vegetable oil, ready to fry the cheese croquettes. They should be fried for 2-3 minutes until golden, at a temperature of 160 degrees. Drain the croquettes from the oil and dry on kitchen paper.
Spread a generous spoonful of tomato sauce with pepper on the centre of the plate. Gently place the cheese croquettes on the top. Garnish with more grated Grana Padano cheese if desired and a few fresh basil leaves. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on the top and serve.