Spanish veal croquettes

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  • 400 g lean ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 400 ml canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

Quinoa salad

  • 200 g diced pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 package of quinoa
  • 100 g peas cut diagonally
  • 4 chives, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of sherry
  • 1 teaspoonful of Dijon mustard


  1. Croquettes: Combine minced meat, garlic, smoked paprika, egg, and breadcrumbs in large bowl and season with pepper. Divide the mixture evenly and form 4 croquettes. Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat and cook the croquettes for 2 minutes on each side until golden. Set aside.

  2. Sauce: Add the onion and bell pepper to the same pan and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes, paprika and 400 ml of water and return the croquettes to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, flip the croquettes and cook for another 1 minute until well cooked and the sauce has thickened.

  3. Quinoa salad: Reheat the oven to 200C. Mix the pumpkin in half the oil and season with pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes until golden and soft.

  4. Place the quinoa on a sieve and rinse under running water. Place in a small saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Whisk together sherry or vinegar, mustard, remaining oil, and pepper to make a dressing. Combine the quinoa with roasted pumpkin, chives, avocado, and peas and pour over the dressing.


You can use red wine vinegar instead of sherry if you prefer.

If you prefer, you can substitute sweet potato for squash and green beans for peas.

To avoid breaking the croquettes, refrigerate for an hour before cooking.

When shaping minced meat, use wet hands to prevent excess meat from sticking to your hands.

If you like the sound of this recipe, you may also like these Bacon and Beef Rissoles.


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