Missed the 58th Grammy Awards last night but planning on watching it on your DVR? This recipe is sure to have you “jamming to the beet!” It’s very easy to make and it’s delicious. Plus the vibrant colors will go hand in hand with this years vibrant music, such as Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” to the fashion styling of Rhianna. These croquettes are like no other. Covered in a fried surface with a creamy center and that surprise pop of color. The fig preserve complements the tangy goat cheese so well it will make you smile. Let this duo captivate you and you never know…you may just be nominated to host next year..
Grate the beet very fine using a microplane. Measure about 5 to 6 tablespoons of the grated beet.
Use a fork to mash up and loosen up the goat cheese in a bowl. Add the grated beet and incorporate well.
Now for the fun and messy part. Measure one generous tablespoon of the mixture and roll into balls. Place them all on a plate and refrigerate for about an hour or until firmed and chilled.
Beat one egg and pour into a plate, add the panko into a separate plate. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium to low heat. Remove the cheese balls from the fridge and roll them into the perfect ball. Roll each one into the egg followed by the panko. Repeat this with each ball. Fry two croquettes at a time until golden brown. Make sure not to over crowd the pan because you will end up with oily croquettes.
Time to get fancy! smear about 1 tablespoon (per 4 croquettes) of the fig preserve to your dish. Place the croquettes on top and garnish with edible flowers which you can find at Whole Foods.
Serve while hot. Enjoy! Until next time… Save me a seat at your table.
Hola! I’m a New York native who relocated to sunny Miami in 2008 where I attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. I’m a millennial of Dominican/Spanish descent who enjoys cooking, dancing and time with my husband, son and our two little furry ones. I LOVE to create new recipes and I'm passionate about bringing my world travels and life experiences into my kitchen. Yum!