Croquetas De Gambas (Shrimp Croquettes)

Croquetas De Gambas (Shrimp Croquettes)

There aren’t many things more glorious than those perfect little mouthfuls of deliciousness known as tapas.  What are tapas, you ask? Tapas are a wide variety of snacks, or little bites, originating from Spain.  The word “tapa” means cover in Spanish, and legend has it that the original tapas were the slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners began creating a variety of snacks to serve with sherry, thus increasing their alcohol sales. The tapas eventually became as important as the sherry.

Ingredients

  • 3½ ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 oz all purpose flour, for Bechamel
  • 2½ cups cold 2% or whole milk
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 14 ounces cooked peeled shrimp, diced
  • ½ cup all purpose flour, for breading
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 3-4 drops of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon or orange juice
  • salt to taste
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