Fish Croquettes / Psarokeftethes

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I have had a tremendous amount of fun cooking with my friends at the anarchist kitchen. Although not an anarchist myself, I value and appreciate their approach to community, and how it is centred around the enjoyment of  cooking and the partaking of meals together. Each Wednesday is a lesson in language, Greek cooking and community. I’ve decided this post to be the first is a series of dishes that we have cooked together. My hope is that through the enjoyment of these recipes you will have a glimpse of the crazy and exciting fun I have each week with my anarchist friends.
Fish Croquettes or psarokeftedes may not be much to look at but they taste amazing. With a crunchy exterior and soft centre, the subtle flavours of dill and onion really enhance the flavour of the fish. The fist time I bit into one, If I had not just cooked them, I would have sworn there was cheese inside. An amazing feat for a fish dish! The recipe below is based on the one we cooked together at the kitchen. Feel free to modify it to your taste.

What you need:

  • 1 bunch of green onions bottoms only, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch dill finely chopped
  • 1 handful of parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 kilo fish suitable for soups etc. We used Hake (or at least I thought that is what it was!)
  • 1 can of beer
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 100g smoked salmon finely chopped
  • Enough milk to poach the fish in
  • 2-3 whole allspice
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying (enough to fill 2″ in the bottom of your pan)

How it’s done:

  • Poach the fish in the milk, allspice and pepper until cooked and soft.
  • Remove from heat. Allow to cool and remove all the bones.
  • Mix thoroughly the fish, onions, parsley salmon and dill.
  • Add the flour and continue mixing.
  • Add the beer.
  • Separate the eggs and add the yolks to the mixture.
  • Beat the whites until frothy and then add them to the mixture.
  • You should have a mixture like really thick pancake batter. Let it sit for five minutes or so.
  • Heat the frying oil
  • When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and fry until done.
  • It’s as easy as that….Enjoy.

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