Ibiza, Spain

Get a taste of Ibiza with this month's TASTEscape destination guide produced in partnership with Great British Chefs. In Ibiza you'll find secluded coves, stunning architecture, a rich history and cuisine that is quite different to that of the Spanish mainland: juicy, chargrilled red meat, fresh fish, organic fruit and vegetables and fresh pastries, washed down with local wines, and Ibiza’s own digestif, hierbas. Maybe it will inspire you to try our recipe?

Recipe: Croquetas de Sobrasada

Great British Chef Kate Doran explores the flavours of one of Ibiza's favourite ingredients – sobrasada – in this decadent croquette recipe.

Information

Course: Starter 
Difficulty: Easy 
Serves: 20 
Time: 60mins plus 2hrs setting time

Ingredients

  • 125g of sobrasada, (weight without skin), at room temperature 
  • 60g of unsalted butter 
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped 
  • 100g of plain flour, divided into 2 
  • 500ml of whole milk 
  • parsley, 1 small handful, finely chopped 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 150g of breadcrumbs 
  • 25g of manchego cheese, (or other hard cheese), finely grated 
  • 1l vegetable oil, for frying 
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling 
  • black pepper 
  • aioli, or mayonnaise, for dipping (optional)

Recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the oil. Add the onion and cook over a low heat until soft, for about 5 minutes. Add half of the flour (75g) and cook out the raw flavour, stirring regularly for 2 minutes 
  2. Switch to a whisk and gradually add the milk, whisking regularly until you have a smooth, thick béchamel sauce. Switch back to a wooden spoon or spatula and stir in the sobrasada. Continue to cook until the mixture has the texture of mashed potato and pulls away from the sides of the pan, for 2–3 minutes more 
  3. Stir in the parsley, salt and black pepper then transfer to a shallow container and cover with a piece of cling film to prevent a skin forming. Allow to cool to room temperature then chill for a minimum of 2 hours, or overnight 
  4. Once the béchamel has chilled, lightly beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. Add add the breadcrumbs and grated cheese to a second bowl, stirring to combine. Line a tray with parchment paper 
  5. Dust your hands with some of the remaining flour and scoop out a heaped tablespoon of the firm béchamel. Roll into a ball then dip into the egg followed by the breadcrumbs 
  6. Transfer to your prepared tray, then repeat until all the mixture is dipped and rolled, continuing to dust your hands and the balls with flour to prevent sticking. Chill for 20 minutes 
  7. Preheat the oil in a deep-fryer or large, deep saucepan until it reaches 175°C. Line a tray with kitchen roll 
  8. Fry the balls of mixture in batches of no more than 5 at a time until crisp and golden, about 2 minutes. Remove to the tray using a slotted spoon, sprinkle with a little sea salt then serve immediately with aioli or mayonnaise for dipping, if you like

 

Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com