I was watching Michel Roux on the BBC Food and Drink programme the other week and he made some chicken croquettes with a tomato relish – they sounded like just the kind of dish I could do something with! Apparently it’s a traditional way to use up left-over chicken in France, but here I’ve swapped it for peas and plenty of black pepper (a combination I think really works). The relish is like a speedy tomato chutney spiced up with smoked paprika (and chilli if you like). We ate these for Sunday lunch and it made a wonderfully satisfying and comforting meal. The girls were originally rather suspicious of the ‘bits’ in the croquettes, but soon changed their minds. This will definitely become a winter family staple – thank you Michel for the inspiration :-)
Pea Croquettes (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
Serves 4 (makes about 12 croquettes)
- 6 medium potatoes
- 2 tbsps dairy-free spread
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, lightly cooked
- Salt and pepper
- 2 slices of stale bread, whizzers into breadcrumbs
- Cook and mash the potatoes (I like to bake them and then rice the insides as it makes the mash very dry and fluffy and totally lump free!)
- Stir in the spread to make a silky, but not wet mash.
- Add the peas and season well with salt and plenty of ground pepper. Taste
- Whilst its still warm, roll the mix into neat cylinders.
- Roll in the breadcrumbs to fully coat (I find if you do this while the potato is warm, then there is no need for the usual flour, egg, breadcrumb combo)
- Place in the fridge for half an hour.
- Shallow fry in sunflower oil until golden on all sides, then transfer to the oven for 10 minutes to fully warm though
Spicy Tomato Relish (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 large handful of cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 dried chilli, crushed
- Salt and pepper
- Sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant but not coloured
- Add the tomatoes, sugar, smoked paprika and vinegar. Season with a little salt and pepper
- Simmer gently for 10 minutes until jammy and chutney like.
- Allow to cool, then taste and adjust the seasoning if required.
- Serve at room temperature.