I just turned forty and I celebrated with some friends and cousins of mine. It was a very simple party but I really enjoyed it! The cake was really nice: a light sponge with creme patissiere, fresh fruit and delicious cream puffs on top.
For my birthday I did not invite anyone for a formal dinner and instead I prepared some easy light bites which were very successful: vegetarian croquettes made with mashed potatoes and with a delicious cheesy heart. I was looking forward to share this with you as they tasted great!
Choose any type of vegetable you fancy.
- Prep Time : 35 minutes
- Cook Time : 25 minutes
Put the potatoes in a sauce pan, cover them with salty cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 40 minutes.
Drain them, remove the skin with a knife and mash them. Add a knob of butter and stir it well in.
Peel the carrots, wash the zucchini and chop them into small cubes.
Bring to the boil some hot water in a pan and when it is boiling add the peas and cook them for 5 minutes then drain.
Put the chopped carrots in a pan with 2 two tbsp of olive oil, add ½ glass of water and cook for 10 minutes; add the chopped zucchini season with salt and pepper and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes. Finally add the drained peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and let the vegetables cool down.
Mix them with the mashed potatoes, the egg yolks, 3 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese, the chopped olives and salt and pepper.
Mix well all the ingredients. Form the croquettes by taking a small portion of the mixture, put a cube of cheese on it and cover with more mixture.
Form a sausage like croquette or a round ball if you prefer.
Roll the croquettes in breadcrumbs
Line them up on a baking tray over a sheet of parchment paper. Drizzle the croquettes with olive oil.
Cook them in a hot oven at 190C or 370 F for about 25 minutes. Serve warm.