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!
|1 small red onion|
|3 large cloves of garlic|
|200g black pudding|
|100g streaky bacon|
|4tablespoons fresh thyme|
|100g dried breadcrumbs (panko)|
|25-30g self-raising flour|
|4tablespoons dried parsley|
|salt & pepper|
|Ballymaloe tomato relish, sweet chilli relish/chutney|