"Croquettes in Poland are basically made from a thin rolled pancake stuffed with mushrooms, meat, cabbage, sauerkraut or combinations of those ingredients. Then covered in breadcrumbs, fried in a pan and usually served usually with a clear soup like borscht." - by Wikipedia.org
Krokiety are very, very popular in Poland. It's a kind of savoury, stuffed pancake. They are quite easy to make and are a great accompaniment to another traditional dish - barszcz, beetroot soup. There are two main kinds of stuffing used to make krokiety: 1. meat, 2. sauerkraut and mushrooms. Personally I prefer the second one, but the recipe below is for the one with meat, as this time my Hubby ruled in the kitchen ;)
How to make it...
- plain pancakes (big, flat, like French ones)
- brisket, cooked in broth till very tender
- beef shoulder, cooked in broth till very tender
- 1 red onion
- 2 eggs
- salt, pepper
For coating krokiety:
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
Take the meat of the one and mince (yes, you have to mince a cooked meat). Chop or mince (as my Hubby did it) the onion and add to the meat. Add two raw eggs to the meat and mix together well. Season to taste if you have to - you probably won't have to as the meat was cooked in the broth. Take one pancake and put a tablespoon of meat stuffing on one end. Form a kind of little parcel so it won't open or break up. Coat in beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Do the same thing with the rest of the pancakes and the stuffing. Fry on all sides till nice and golden brown - and remember that you have raw eggs so it have to be cooked properly through out. Serve hot, preferably with barszcz. You can easily freeze them after frying - then just pop them into the microwave and lunch/dinner ready in few minuets!