Potato and Chorizo Croquettes cooked by Mike Smith

Potato and Chorizo Croquettes

Potato Croquette

Potato and Chorizo Croquettes

Looking through old magazines can be fun. I like to pick out  recipes from  lifestyle magazines and see how close I can get to reproducing the dish. On this occasion I selected one with the main ingredients being potatoes and chorizo sausage – I thought it sounded tasty. And it was. I recommend this dish as a light lunch with loads of flavour.

In the recipe the chorizo sausage skins were to be removed. Unfortunately the type I bought, the skins were very fine and stuck like glue so I ignored that part and simply went ahead and chopped the four chorizos into small pieces, lightly fried them for a few minutes and poured a couple of tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar over them, allowing the heat to evaporate the vinegar after removing the pan from the element.

At the same time my 500 grams of potatoes that I’d pre chopped were nicely simmered and, once soft, I mashed them and left to cool. I sped this up by placing the saucepan in the sink topped up with cold water.

During this time I’ve finely chopped up  two tablespoons of parsley, grated a half cup of tasty cheese and combined it all with half a teaspoon of smoked paprika. I then added the chorizo, cheese, smoked paprika and parsley to the potatoes, mixed it all together with salt and pepper to taste.

On a lightly flowered tray I shaped the mix into fingers and placed them in the freezer for a few minuted to firm up.

In the meantime I’ve beaten two eggs, found two containers, one for half a cup of flour and one for two cups of breadcrumbs (or if you have them, panko breadcrumbs are the best – they look more appealing and are lovely and crunchy).

By this time the potato fingers should be firm and easy to handle. Dip each one first in the flour, then the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs – makes about twelve good sized fingers.

Place in a frying pan with about half a centimeter of oil (choose one of the healthier oils that can take the heat such as grape seed oil or rice oil), cook for a minute or two and turn over to finish off cooking evenly.

Enjoy these tasty Chorizo Croquettes with a healthy selection of your favorite salad.

We have used:

500g potatoes
4 Chorizo sausages
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 cup tasty cheese
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper
And for the coating –
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup flour
2 cups breadcrumbs
4 tbsp oil

In place of the Chorizo you can use tinned fish, chopped ham, finely chopped cooked bacon or finely chopped vegetables.
In place of the Red Wine Vinegar you can use sherry or beer or leave out completely.

In place of Parsley you can use finely chopped fresh rosemary or mint.

Breadcrumbs – make your own by using a day old bread placed in a food processor until well crumbed then place on a tray in a preheated oven at 170c,  turning each minute until golden brown then remove from oven, let cool and store in a sealed container.

Your comments are welcomed.





Amazon Newsletter

Amazon Newsletter

In this issue: Announcing Amazon Video Direct, reach more readers, and author inspiration

The writer who roared

Read KDP author Gareth Patterson’s account of protecting lions in Africa on The Story by Kindle.

Announcing Amazon Video Direct

Amazon now offers a way to distribute video content to reach tens of millions of customers and Prime Members on Amazon Video. Through Amazon Video Direct (AVD), Amazon’s self-publishing video portal, authors, storytellers, and educators have the ability to distribute video titles on Prime Video, as a one-time rental or purchase, an add-on subscription, and as free, ad-supported videos. Authors can quickly and easily upload and distribute video content to reach Amazon customers worldwide, expanding their content offering on Amazon.

Learn more about Amazon Video Direct, and start distributing video content today.

Announcing the 3rd Literary Contest for Indie Authors in Spanish

Finish your Spanish-language book by July 1, 2016, log in to KDP, and upload it to enter the 3rd Literary Contest for Indie Authors in collaboration with El Mundonewspaper in Spain and Christian Gálvez, Ismael Cala, and Silvia Olmedo. All book genres (fiction/non-fiction) are accepted, and the contest is open to new, never-before published Spanish-language titles.

The winner will be published in Spanish and translated into English to be distributed worldwide by Amazon Publishing.

Learn more about how to participate and the contest rules.

Lunch with KDP authors

Successful kids authors–Ally Nathaniel and Carole P. Roman–share tips on publishing and marketing your book in this helpful short video series.

Watch now

Reach more readers: publish your book in multiple formats

Print, digital, or audio? Let your readers decide. When you make your book available in multiple formats, your readers will be able to easily choose their preferred format from your title’s product page on Amazon.

Publish your book in print with CreateSpace, in digital through KDP, and as an audiobook with ACX.

Publishing on KDP, CreateSpace, and ACX is fast, free, and easy. Plus, you keep control, earn industry-leading royalties, and distribute globally.

KDP transitioning from check payments to EFT

KDP is transitioning from paying authors by check to Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) direct to your bank account. If you receive check payments, you may need to update your payment method.

Learn more

Why enroll in KDP Select?

KDP Select is an optional program for you to reach more readers, and it gives you the opportunity to earn more money. When you enroll your books in KDP Select, you’ll receive a share of the KDP Select Global Fund each time an individual customer reads pages in your book for the first time via Kindle Unlimited (KU) orKindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). Participation in KDP Select also gives you access to Kindle Countdown Deals and a Free Book Promotion.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to enroll your title in KDP Select.

Learn more

KDP author news

Congratulations to KDP author Tim O’Rourke, who recently was featured onAmazon.co.uk.

Read more

Want to write a book? Get out of your own way

By Maria Murnane

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I’m an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that’s usually not the case. I’ve lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he or she once started writing a book, but then for various reasons it went nowhere. Some of the most common explanations I hear include…

Read more

Author words of inspiration: Daniel Kenney

“Be productive every single day. Write a thousand words or edit two pages or create an illustration. Design a cover. Send a newsletter to your email list. If you can do a little (but preferably more) each day, you’ll be astonished with what you accomplish by the end of a year.”

Daniel Kenney, author of The Math Inspectors: Story One – The Case of the Claymore Diamond

CreateSpace professional editing services–now faster than ever

Professional editing improves content and helps create an engaging reading experience. We’ve decreased our turnaround time and are delivering editing services faster than ever.

Learn more about CreateSpace’s editing services.

Discover Kindle Exclusives

Check out the latest digital titles you can only find on Amazon, including indie titles across many categories.

Learn more

Expand Your Book’s Reach

KDP CreateSpace ACX
Kindle Scout Write On Kindle Worlds
Amazon Author Central Amazon Author Central.uk Kindle Reading Apps
Amazon Associates Program


KDP How-to Resource Guide CreateSpace How-to Resource Guide KDP Help Pages
KDP Tools CreateSpace Community CreateSpace Publishing Services
KDP Kids KDP EDU Amazon Author Stories


Creating life style ©right; 2014 Frontier Theme