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Catholic Recipe: Shrimp Croquettes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons fennel leaves, chopped
  • 2 slices stale white bread, diced
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 1/2 cups shrimp, cooked, shelled, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • Details

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Portugal

Also Called: Croquettes de Camaroes

In Portugal the festive food for the Feast of the Assumption is shrimp, and these shrimp coquettes are a fancy way of serving shrimp.


Heat butter in skillet. Sauté onion and garlic until brown. Remove from heat. Add fennel leaves and bread to onions. Heat milk. Pour over contents of skillet, stirring constantly. Allow to stand 10 minutes, until bread is soft. Add shrimps, seasoning. Shape into rolls the size of a small sausage 1 inch thick and 2 inches long. Dip into flour, then into egg. Roll into bread crumbs. Fry in deep oil heated to 370° for 3-4 minutes or until well browned. Drain on absorbent paper.

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965
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