Spinach croquettes

I was one of those picky eater kids who would never eat vegetables.  I would gag, cry, induce vomit – anything to not eat my green beans.  Once, during a family vacation to Cape Cod, my uncle placed celery stalks in the shape of a cross outside my bedroom door to keep me in bed.

It worked.   My punishment is that I now have one of those children.

The recipe I am going to give you is the only green vegetable that I ate between the years of pureed baby peas and St. Patricks Day green beer.  My grandfather proved to me that not all green food is bad (via mint chocolate chip ice cream) as my grandmother made these.  It worked.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  Bribing kids since 1975.

Now – on to the Spinach Croquettes:

Cast of characters:

  • Box of frozen spinach.
  • One egg
  • Handful of breadcrumbs
  • Half a handful of grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive Oil

Defrost the spinach according to the box directions.  This will normally take about 4 minutes in the microwave.  Drain as much liquid as possible from the spinach using a mesh strainer, or squeezing the spinach with a paper towel or clean dish towel.  Chop spinach on cutting board.

Place spinach in bowl, add egg.  Mix well.  Add bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to form firm patty.  Too much bread crumbs and that’s all you taste – too little and it will fall apart.

Heat olive oil to medium high heat.  Add patties and cook 3-5 minutes on one side, flip and continue cooking to a deep golden brown.  Remove to paper towels and blot oil.  Serve warm.

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.  Bribing children since 1975.

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