Yes you heard it right,today it is all about Sardines Croquettes! You can very well make croquettes out of those delicate fish as well. Sardines are small, oily fish that generally come as canned fish and are commonly known as canned sardines. Although sardines are regarded as a single species, there are actually 21 types of fish that can easily fall under the category of sardines.
Canned Sardines contain energy, protein, lipid or fat, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Vitamins in sardines include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, A, D, E and vitamin K. The fatty acids found in sardines include total saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and cholesterol.These fatty acids, vitamins, and trace mineral elements help in the prevention of many diseases and promote overall health. Ouff so many health benefits which basically means Sardines are good fish and should be definitely included in your diet.
However here in Mauritius,I know many people who have stopped eating them.Just like canned tuna whose value has equally decreased in the kitchen. Again a lot can be done from canned foods,you only need to know how to pair them with different ingredients and I can guarantee you will come up with a nice supper or lunch or even an amazing appetizer just like my tasty croquettes! Sardines is packed with so much flavours and you would not regret having turned them into delicious croquettes.
I still remember how Mum used to make them hot and tasty at the beach accompanied by our famous Mauritian Green Chilli Paste. That was one of the best moment at the beach after a good swim especially. So many memories are attached to these delicate fish and one among them was during school days. Again where Mum would pack my bread with yummy ”Salad Sardines” (basically tomato salsa with minced sardines fish in it) and the smell that would arise from it when I would open my tiffin, a sheer pleasure. Even now it is a tradition at home to have ”Salad Sardines” at home every Sunday morning with hot french baguette. Well these are little bits and pieces of memories that ultimately motivated me to make them once again.
Sardines Croquettes are indeed very tasty and will definitely leave you grabbing for a couple more of them after one bite.They are not difficult to make and also can be enjoyed anytime of the day as well. You will certainly love it during tea time as they make great tea time snacks.
You can do a lot with canned sardines.For example:
- You can add sardines to a tossed green salad, or use them as a nutrient-dense topping for cheese pizza.
- Combine chopped sardines with mustard and lemon juice. Use the combination as a healthy topping for whole-wheat crackers.
- Stir sardines into vegetable soup, or add them to your favorite tuna casserole recipe.
- Combine sardines with fresh tomatoes, red onion, minced jalapeno and lime juice. Stuff the mixture into a whole-wheat pita or roll it into a whole-wheat tortilla for a quick and nutritious lunch. (Another way of making the ”Salad Sardines”)
Pipping Hot Sardines Croquettes
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
2 cans Sardines
2 stale breads
3 medium sized boiled and mashed potatoes
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1 cup grated carrots
½ sweet corn kernels
½ cup liquid milk
1 medium sized onion
Coriander finely chopped
Vegetable oil for frying
1.In a large bowl, combine coarsely chopped stale bread with milk and mash.
2.Incorporate soft boiled potatoes into mixture until roughly combined.
3.Add the sardines, vegetables,sweet corns, herbs and onions as well as salt/pepper accordingly.
4.Reserve for atleast 2 hrs into the refrigerator for a better consistency.
5.Heat vegetable oil in a heavy based deep pan until medium hot.
6.In two separate plates respectively, beat an egg as well as pour your breadcrumbs for coating before deep frying.
7.Roll the croquettes mixture into logs and coat into egg and then followed by breadcrumbs.
8.Slowly throw in the croquettes into the pan and stir continously for an evenly brown crust on both sides.
9.Strain and serve with chilli sauce along with a good chilled beer.
Note: I used cream crackers biscuits instead of breadcrumbs.
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