Caesar salad croquettes

4
60 minutes

Ingredients

Croquettes

  • 100g of chicken thigh
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • 10g of unsalted butter
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 25g of Parmesan
  • 15g of anchovies, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 10g of parsley, chopped
  • salt
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Caesar dressing

  • 1 egg, soft boiled
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 anchovy
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • 75g of Parmesan, finely grated
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • lemon juice

To coat the croquettes

  • plain flour
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs

To plate

  • romaine lettuce, leaves only
  • 200g of spinach
  • Parmesan, shavings
  • cress

Method

1
For the croquette filling, pour the chicken stock into a small saucepan and season with salt. Add the chicken thighs, bring to a simmer and poach for 12–14 minutes until the chicken is just cooked. Leave to cool in the liquid. Once cool, remove the chicken and chop into small pieces. Reserve the stock for the béchamel
  • 100g of chicken thigh
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • salt
2
Make a roux with the butter and flour, stirring all the time, and gradually add the stock until a thick béchamel is achieved. Add the Parmesan, anchovies and garlic, then transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. Fold through the parsley and chopped chicken and season to taste with salt
  • 10g of unsalted butter
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 25g of Parmesan
  • 15g of anchovies, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 10g of parsley, chopped
3
Transfer the mix to a tray and place in the fridge until set and firm. When the mixture is set, divide into 12 balls and retain in the fridge
4
To make the Caesar dressing, blend the egg, vinegar and the mustard until smooth. Add the anchovy, then slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream while whisking, as if you were making a mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, soft boiled
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 anchovy
  • 50ml of olive oil
5
Once emulsified add the finely grated Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce and adjust the consistency with a touch of warm water and lemon juice. The dressing should be a little loose
  • 75g of Parmesan, finely grated
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • lemon juice
6
Prepare three bowls for crumbing: one with flour, one with egg wash and one with breadcrumbs. Roll the croquettes through each bowl, ensuring that the croquettes are completely covered in the breadcrumbs. Store in a tray of breadcrumbs until needed
  • plain flour
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs
7
Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and blanch the lettuce and spinach for 2 minutes. Drain well and squeeze out any excess water before transferring to a blender. Blitz until smooth and pass through a fine sieve. Chill in a bowl over ice until needed
  • 200g of spinach
  • romaine lettuce, leaves only
8
Preheat the vegetable oil in a deep saucepan or deep fryer to 180°C
  • vegetable oil, for frying
9
Once the oil is up to temperature, fry the croquettes for 2–3 minutes until golden
10
To serve, swirl the lettuce purée around the bottom of the plate, add 3 croquettes per portion and a dot of Caesar dressing. Garnish with lettuce leaves, shaved Parmesan, cress and anchovies
  • Parmesan, shavings
  • cress