I love korokke. I’m a big potato fan so it’s only natural that I love it. What I love about the Japanese incarnation of the Potato Croquette is its many variants. I’ve tried cream, scallops, plain, ham and cheese, and curry among others. When I told Yue-san that I buy these in bulk whenever I’m at Hatchin, she was taken aback. She insisted that korokke was easy to make. Taking her word for it, I scrounged up various versions online and consulted my cookbook collection.
Despite the seemingly easy procedure, it was only this weekend that I decided to finally try. While my all time favorite korokke is cream, I can’t even imagine how to begin making it, so I opted for a basic beef korokke instead. How’d it turn out? Total win!
Boil the potatoes until done.
While cooking the potatoes, in a separate pan, saute some chopped onions.
Add some ground beef, then season as you like. I added salt, lots of pepper, and a bit of ground cumin. Saute until done, then set aside.
Mix the cooked beef and the potatoes, making sure to not include excess oils.
Form potato-beef mixture into patties, cylinders, or balls. Once again, it depends on your personal preference.
Now here’s the messy part. Dredge each potato patty in flour, a beaten egg, and finally, panko / Japanese breadcrumbs. Do this to each patty. To prevent getting doughy fingers, use both hands in the process. Keep one hand for handling the dry ingredients and the other for dipping in egg. It will still result in gummy fingers, but it takes longer for the ingredients to accumulate, unlike when you use just one hand.
Freeze the korokke for future use, or fry them until golden brown. Serve with tonkatsu sauce or kewpie mayonnaise.
I dub this experiment a total success. It’s relatively simple, although all the dredging, dipping, and rolling can be tedious. I recommend doing large batches at once then just freezing the rest. You can substitute the beef with other meat or even fish. Veggies work too.
After today, I can now say I know how to make korokke. My next goal? Cream Korokke! 😀