Two Cheese Milk Croquettes
with a Merlot Wine Tomato Sauce

by Michael Ciro Barbiera
(Staten Island, New York, USA)


This recipe was created in thanks to my great Aunt Annette and my Grandma who have left me with many amazing recipes to recreate from their days in the kitchen. I have taken the basic recipe for my great aunt's milk croquettes and my grandma's tomato sauce to come up with Two Cheese Milk Croquettes with a Merlot Wine Tomato Sauce.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1.) 8 ounces of salted butter
  • 2.) 2.5 cups All purpose flour
  • 3.) 2 cups whole milk
  • 4.) 3 egg yolks
  • 5.) 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes chopped fine
  • 6.) 2 cups yellow squash chopped fine
  • 7.) 2.25 cups Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 8.) 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 9.) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10.)5 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 11.)5 cups frying oil
  • 12.)1 bunch basil leaves
  • 13.)1/4 cup Merlot wine
  • 14.)1 28 ounce can Tuttorosso whole tomatoes
  • 15.)1 teaspoon sugar
  • 16.)1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 17.)1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 18.)4 egg whites
  • 19.)1 can bread crumb

    PREPARATION

  • 1.) Heat a large pot on a low flame. Melt the butter. Slowly add in the flour while whisking constantly
  • 2.) Turn flame to a medium heat and add the milk while constantly whisking.
  • 3.) Lower flame and mix in cheeses and egg yolks. Turn flame off and let cool
  • 4.) In a large saute pan. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the yellow squash and 2 cloves garlic and saute. Fold in the sundried tomatoes. Add this to the croquette mixture.
  • 5.) Spread croquette mixture evenly on a sheet tray and let cool.
  • 6.) While cooling make tomato sauce.
  • 7.) In a medium sauce pan add the remaining 2 cloves garlic and sweat. Now add the wine and reduce by half.
  • 8.) Add the tomato sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper and cook on a low flame for 45 minutes.
  • 9.) Take croquette mixture out and form your desired shape.
  • 10.)Bread the croquettes in 4 egg whites and plain bread crumb.
  • 11.)Croquettes can now be deep fried.
  • 12.)Add enough oil to pot to cover croquette.When oil is hot enough add the croquette and fry until golden brown for about 3 minutes.
  • 13.)Ladle the tomato sauce on the bottom. With the croquette on top and fried basil around the plate.
  • 14.)Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil for presentation.

    Makes 8-10 servings. Approximately 8 croquettes at 6 0unces each.



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    with a Merlot Wine Tomato Sauce

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    Sep 30, 2009
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    I simply loved it
    by: Paula

    I simply loved this recipe, had to try right away. Will definitely make again.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Merlot appetizer...
    by: Anonymous

    Saw this recipe made with Merlot and figured I'd give it a try - it was a very tasty treat! Thanks Aunt Annette and Grandma for passing this along to your young chef!


    Sep 29, 2009
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    Came out delicious!
    by: Lor

    I was nervous about making this but it came out delicious. Definitely a keeper.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    A first!
    by: LM

    This was my first time ever making something like this and it tasted really good.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    WOW!!
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    The sauce was sooo tasty. My husband was very impressed with the dish. we ENJOYED!

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Great
    by: Genora

    These were great croquettes and croquettes have been a favorite of mine since i was little.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Great - and you can shape them in your own special way
    by: Georgia

    This recipe was great! My family loved it and it was requested again!

    Sep 29, 2009
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    My fav!
    by: Beth

    This is my favorite recipe submitted in this contest! Will def make again!

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Excellent overall
    by: Shal

    My whole family LOVED this recipe. Great recipe. Will definitely make again.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Great for a Dad to make too!
    by: Joshua

    I thought this was a great recipe~! My kitchens a mess, but remember I am a DAD!

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Yum
    by: K

    Made this and everyone ate it up. I loved the flavor - try it.

    Sep 28, 2009
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    This is money!!
    by: Antonio

    Wow, absolutely outstanding, these are the best croquettes I've ever had. The sauce, money! MONEY BABY!!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Absolutely delicious!
    by: L

    This is the first time I have ever made croquettes and they came out great and it was all eaten up. Thanks.

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Now that's a croquette!
    by: Rhonda

    This is the perfect formula for outstanding croquettes. What a treat. These were first time, first batch, right on the money! Everybody loved it! I'm tickled pink that I can make them now. Thanks Michael!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Awesome...
    by: Eli

    First I would like to say that this is the first recipe i have tried off this website - and man was it AWESOME! i have tried a lot of croquette recipes over the years and this beats them all...

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Best croquette recipe ever!!!
    by: Anonymous

    If you're looking for a good, creative croquette recipe - this is the one! My boyfriend and I have tried a lot of recipes from this website and this one is the BEST ONE!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Thanks!
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    I'm a novice cook and these really were as good as it looks. My wife and kids thought I was a genius! Thanks Michael!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Excellent - Please give us more recipes!!!
    by: NG

    Thank you so much Michael - this recipe was delicious! If you have any more family recipes please share - you should write a book! Thanks again!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Wonderful!
    by: ES

    These croquettes are delicious. I will definitely be making these again!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Outstanding!
    by: NY

    These are the most wonderful tasting croquettes I have ever made or tried - these are the best!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    #1 RECIPE!!!
    by: BV

    This recipe is an absolute favorite!!! Thank you for sharing Michael!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Awesome!
    by: TI

    I had forgotten how wonderful croquettes were! I served this recipe to visiting friends and they were the talk of the entire evening! YUM!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Easy and delicious!
    by: GL

    I love ordering this side dish but never knew how to make it. This is the first time I made it and it came out looking perfect and tasted delicious thanks to this great and easy to follow recipe!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    One of the best croquette recipes ever!
    by: CS

    These croquettes were fantastic! Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. Great flavor!

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Deeeelicious!
    by: MD

    It was fabulous! My husband and I both loved this recipe and will definitely make it again.

    Sep 28, 2009
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    Full of flavor!
    by: CW

    This recipe was soo good! Very flavorful and easy to make.

    Sep 28, 2009
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    What a great recipe.....
    by: Diane - New Jersey

    I had some friends over this weekend and thought I would try this recipe out on them.

    It was amazing - everyone loved it! Thank you Michael for sharing this recipe with us!

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