I made these today, and yum. I'm obsessing about this recipe actually. The possibilities are endless with so many variations you could use with different beans or spices. My meat eating husband (who has now gone vegan) loved them too :)
OMG!!!! I totally know what you mean! I made the black eye pea ones and they were excellent and last night I used.....Lentils, Fresh sweet corn off the cob, cilantro, water salt and pepper to taste. I blended that up, and same thing fried them in the pan in safflower oil...I could not stop eating them! probably had about 9 of them lol.....I will let you know what else I experiment with. What do you think about like a kidney bean combination???....
That sounds sooooo good! I'm dying to get my hands on some fresh corn, and I keep forgetting to buy some at the store. That would be a delicious combination. I think you could use any bean really. I bought some azuki beans because of one of the recipes in the book, but should probably test them out some other way first. Yes, please do share your new ideas :)
I tried making these the other night and it turned into black eyed pea hash - it was yummy, but they were definitely not croquettes. I thought I would be able to fry them in a little oil, guess I was wrong. Did you all use the 1" of safflower oil?
I didn't actually have safflower, but used organic canola I believe. I think you just need to make sure the consistency is right by not processing them too much or too little, and making sure to use dried beans instead of canned. I was a little worried about the recipe because others on the forums said they had trouble. I've made falafel before, and this is basically the same, so it worked out this time for me. Makes me want to make them again :) Yum!
I made these last night. I added more herbs from my farmers market. I had basil, lemon basil, and Thai basil. I made sure I has enough oil and that it was hot, hot, hot. When I put the four croquettes in the oil, I made sure not to touch them until they started to crisp. These were SO good. BIG hit with my omnivore husband!
Mine held together fine. Maybe you didn't soak the beans long enough? To me these are very much like falafel. Joy of Cooking's falafel adds 2 T. of flour at the end, and then suggests letting them sit for 15 minutes. They also have 1/2 t. of baking soda which may hold them together as well. I didn't find the croquettes too crunchy except for the outside being crisp. I'm not usually a fan of cooked beans in recipes like these, but I think that is a personal preference. I have tried canned beans in similar recipes, but they are always a little mushy for my tastes.
Here's the falafel recipe, so you can compare the two if you like :)