Crispy yet creamy, these Japanese Pumpkin Croquettes are just perfect fall appetizers!
Prior moving to US, I had absolutely no idea how many types of pumpkin are out there. I am becoming a pumpkin freak, I am telling you! My husband has already had enough of my pumpkin recipes and is really looking forward to having something else. Little does he know that November is going to be Thanksgiving month and of course, there will be some more pumpkin/ squash recipes around…hehe 🙂
I have really enjoyed exploring so many diverse pumpkin recipes this month. Don’t go yet, I still have 2 more killer recipes to share with you this week.
Today we are having fried yummy treats. Japanese pumpkin croquettes – Kabocha Korokke
Crunchy, vibrant looking small pumpkin fried balls.
Kabocha are Japanese winter squashes with a dark green outer skin and orange flesh inside. Its color is very similar to butternut squash, but the difference stays in how dense is the flesh and also in taste too. It is sweeter than other types of squash.
I am loving the amazing crispy outer crust and moist, sweet pumpkin filling. It is beyond delicious!
They are just great as appetizers, snacks or party food. Well, for me, they were good enough for breakfast 🙂 Guaranteed you will not be able to stop snacking on these.
- 1 Japanese kabocha, washed and cut in thick slices
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon milk (2%)
- 1 large egg
- 2-3 cups panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup flour
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F/ 220C.
- Wash kabocha squash, cut in half, remove all seeds, and cut into thick slices.
- In a large bowl, place squash slices and drizzle some olive oil and gently mix to coat them. Add some salt and pepper.
- Line a large baking tray with some parchment paper and add kabocha wedges. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, chop the onion and sauté in some olive oil until golden. Set aside and allow to cool down.
- Remove kabocha wedges from the oven and gentry spoon cooked squash into a bowl, separating it from the skin. Add sautéed onions and mx to incorporate them well. Season with salt and pepper and add 1 tablespoon of milk to better incorporate and get a creamy mash mixture. Allow to cool down completely before starting to form the balls.
- You will need 3 different bowl for finishing up the balls: one with flour, one with one beaten egg and the third one with panko breadcrumbs.
- Form small balls, almost 1 inch/ 2.5 cm and dip kabocha balls first in flour, next in the egg mixture and then coat with panko breadcrumbs.
- Heat olive oil/ vegetable oil for frying in a medium pan till hot and start frying about 6-10 kabocha balls at a time, depending on how large your pan is for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Place the fried balls on a plate lined with some paper towels and allow to cool before diving in.