Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Potato Croquettes are a twist to the Middle Eastern lamb kibbeh. These mouth-watering deep-fried potato croquettes are stuffed with Mushroom and spinach, making them the perfect vegan food.
There are many versions of potato kibbeh; some are strictly vegan, others contain a layer of meat, some are made into balls and stuffed with onions and nuts, while some are perfect for those with gluten intolerance.
- 4 large potatoes (1 – 1.2 kg)
- 2 cups cracked wheat fine
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 60 ml of olive oil
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- ⅓ cup basil leaves
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- ½ onion
- 1 red chili long
- 1 green chili long
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Bharat (Arabian 7 spice blend)
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- salt to season
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 300 grams finely diced mushrooms
- 400 grams baby spinach finely shredded
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes finely diced
- Salt and Pepper
*Arabian spice is my blend known in the Middle East as 7 spice blend. You can find it at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets
*If the bowl of your processor is too big for the paste quantities, you can add one boiled potato to help bind it.
*If potato mixture is too sticky, moisten your hands occasionally with water.
Begin by placing the unpeeled potatoes in a saucepan over high heat and add cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for approximately 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and they become tender. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle. The tip here is for the potatoes to be very dry so do not peel them under cold running water. Remove the skin.
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare your filling. In a medium-size frying pan, sauté the onion in olive oil until translucent. Add the mushrooms and spinach, and cook gently until wilted. stir in the semi-dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside
Combine all the paste ingredients in a food processer and blend to a somewhat smooth paste. Add the peeled potatoes and blend for just a few more seconds. Remove and place in a bowl. Add the cracked wheat, flour, and oil and knead well bringing it to a soft dough-like. If the mixture is too soft add some more flour.
Scoop a ball of kibbeh dough and roll it (approximately 40 grams in size). Dip your hands in water, place one kibbeh dough ball in the palm of your hand, and flatten it to an even thickness. Fill with approximately 1½ tablespoon of the filling and close gently by binding the edges together. Roll into a smooth ball. If the dough breaks a little, moisten with cold water to seal and close with wet fingers.
Shape with the palm of your hands to resemble a torpedo pointed at each end. Place croquettes on a tray lined with baking paper. Repeat.
Heat oil and deep fry until deep brown but not burnt. Turn to brown evenly on all sides. Remove.
Alternatively, place the croquettes side by side on a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush well with melted butter or olive oil and bake in a pre-heated oven, 180° for 20 minutes or until well browned and cooked through.
Makes approximately 35-40 croquettes
Why you will love this:
Hors d’oeuvre style
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