Although I live in the Atlanta area now, I can’t forget that my roots are in Lancaster, PA. So, being from that area of Amish Country, I enjoyed some of the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch foods. In the South, this type of cuisine is non-existent! If I’m going to enjoy it here, I have no choice to make my own. Then again, the only way to truly enjoy the Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine is to make it homemade.
Last night I made one of my favorite dishes– Chicken Croquettes. It’s pretty simple to make. So, try it out… I’ll add more PA Dutch recipes in future posts. If you have any requests, please let me know 🙂
2 C of chopped cooked chicken (I had some left over cooked chicken breasts and I used a food processor to finely chop the chicken)
1/4 C chopped onion
2 T butter
2 T All-purpose GF flour
1 C milk
1/4 C chopped parsley
1 large egg
1/2 C GF Bread Crumbs (I used corn-based bread crumbs)
Oil (for frying if you choose to do so, you can also bake instead)
Combine chopped chicken, onions, and parsley in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a small sauce pan, melt butter. Whisk in flour. Add milk to make a roux and continue to whisk (GF rice-based flour tends to clump easily). Once the roux thickens, remove from heat and set aside to let cool. Once cooled, pour the roux into the chicken mixture. Stir the roux and chicken mixture until even combined. Refrigerate for about an hour to cool completely (you can also refrigerate overnight).
If you planning on frying, in a frying pan place enough oil that will reach half-way up the croquettes. Heat oil on medium-high heat. If you plan on baking the croquettes, heat oven at 400 degrees. Beat egg in a dish and pour crumbs in a separate dish. Take a handful of the chicken mixture and shape/form in a patty or a egg-shaped ball. You have yourself a croquette! Dip croquette into the egg and then coat with the bread crumbs. For frying, place croquette in heated oil and fry until golden brown (you will need to flip to get the other side fried to a golden brown). For baking , place croquettes in a slightly greased baking pan. Place in pre-heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes on each side (until they are a golden brown).
Chicken Croquettes go well with a gravy. So, here is my quick recipe on a chicken gravy.
2 T butter
2 T GF All-purpose flour
1 1/2 GF chicken broth
Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Whisk flour until bubbly. Add broth and whisk until thickened. Serve immediately.