|Good-quality vegetable stock||150ml|
|Everyday Favourites butter||75g|
|La Española Olive Oil||1 tbsp|
|Onion, finely chopped||1|
|Clove garlic, finely chopped||1|
|Everyday Favourites plain flour||125g|
|Freshly grated nutmeg|
|Baby leaf spinach, blanched, squeezed dry and chopped||150g|
|Toasted pine nuts||2 tbsp|
|Iberico cheese, grated||125g|
|Everyday Favourites large free range eggs, beaten||2|
|Dried panko breadcrumbs, made from stale white bread||125g|
|La Española Pomace Olive Oil, for deep-frying||1 litre|
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- Pour the milk and stock into a pan and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and keep warm
- Melt the butter, with the olive oil in a medium pan and cook the onion and garlic over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until soft.
- Stir in the flour and cook gently for 2-3 minutes, without letting it brown. Gradually beat in the warm, milky stock, beating well between each addition, so the mixture becomes silky smooth. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 3-4 minutes to out cook the flour.
- Stir in a little grated nutmeg, the spinach, pine nuts and cheese, then season with salt and a little black pepper.
- Transfer to a shallow dish, spread out in an even layer and cover with cling film. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Place the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs into 2 separate shallow dishes. Lightly oil your palms and roll about 1½ tbsp of the mixture into a small barrel shape, then repeat to form about 25 croquetas.
- Dip 4-5 croquetas at a time into the beaten egg, then into the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Pour the olive oil into a deep pan and heat to 190°C (or until a piece of bread turns golden in 30-40 seconds). Fry the croquetas in batches for 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
- Serve with a mayonnaise or truffle aioli.