Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Happy St. Patrick’s day! It’s for sure the most unusual St. Patrick’s day I ever celebrated. I’m nowhere near Ireland or Antwerp (where I celebrated it every year before I moved to Ireland) and the world is battling coronavirus. I know all festivities in Ireland have been cancelled, the pubs are closed and things may not look like much. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this glorious day at home. I make a new St. Patrick’s day recipe each year, and this year is no different as I made Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic. 

I never expected to be able to find black pudding here in Australia, but my favourite brand Clonakilty is being sold in select stores all around the country. These croquettes are easy to make and are based on normal potato croquettes, just with some extra ingredients inside. It is not hard to make but you do need to keep in mind that anything you want to fry have as little wet ingredients as possible, as they will cause quite a splash when you try to fry them.
I used a deep fryer to make mine, but you can easily heat up vegetable oil in a deep wok and fry them there. The fryer I had is quite shallow so I had to flip my croquettes over a couple of times to make sure they were being cooked and getting that lovely golden brown colour all over.

I hope you all have a great day today, whether you are in Ireland, in lockdown, self-isolation, .. and remember: be kind to one another!

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Ingredients

Serves: 8-10

Adjust Servings
1 small red onion
3 large cloves of garlic
300g potatoes
200g black pudding
100g streaky bacon
4tablespoons fresh thyme
3 eggs
100g dried breadcrumbs (panko)
25-30g self-raising flour
4tablespoons dried parsley
salt & pepper
vegetable oil
To serve
Ballymaloe tomato relish, sweet chilli relish/chutney

Directions

1.
Peel & boil potatoes until soft - depending on their size this can take between 15-30 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and put them back into the pot, onto low heat to evaporate as much water as possible (avoid burning them or giving them a crust though!). Mash and set aside to cool down.
Mark as complete
2.
Remove the skin from the black pudding, crumble it up and cook in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.
Cook until the colour changes to a darker one and until it becomes less sticky but more crumbly. Add to the mash.
Mark as complete
3.
Fry the bacon in the same frying pan, cook until slighty crispy.
Remove as much oil as possible, chop up the bacon and add to the mash.
Mark as complete
4.
Slice up the red onion, crush the garlic and add both to the mash.
Add the fresh thyme and dried parsley and season the croquettes well with pepper, and only a small bit of salt (there will be salt in there from the bacon).
Mark as complete
5.
Mix everything really well, so that each croquette will have every single flavour & ingredient in it.
Mark as complete
6.
Set up 2 plates, 1 bowl and another plate or board.
Put flour onto one plate, season with a bit of pepper. Beat up the eggs in a bowl and add the breadcrumbs onto the second plate. The last plate or board is to put the finished croquettes on. Roll out a ball of the mash, I went for meatball-sized (larger than bite-size) but you can make them as small or as big as you want. It will only affect how long you need to cook them for.
Roll the ball into the flour, shake of any excess flour, dip it in the egg (make sure it's covered on all sides), then roll it around in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Mark as complete
7.
Heat up a deep fryer to 190°C.
If you're using a wok or something similar you just heat up the vegetable oil at high heat. Make sure the oil is about as deep as just over half of the croquettes.
Mark as complete
8.
Fry the croquettes, you can add a few at a time but don't overcrowd the deep fryer or your wok of course.
Fry until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides, the time will depend on the size. If your fryer is not deep enough make sure to roll over the croquettes regularly.
Serve with your favourite dip and Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!
Mark as complete

Notes

I find it easiest to do the rolling in flour in batches rather than one by one, so I always roll about 5 balls, roll them around in flour first, then dip them in egg with my left hand, drop them onto the breadcrumbs and roll them with my right hand while I roll another one in the egg with my left. The reason I avoid doing it one by one is because you don't want to mix up your bowls, you want to avoid having a lot of flour in the eggs so you'll either have to wash your hands after coating each croquette with flour, or just do a few, then wash your hands, and move on.

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