Cheese Croquettes with a Berry Balsamic Reduction

Hello, my name is Meghan.

I have an irrational and uncontrollable addiction to cheese.

So there is this restaurant, The Cheeky Monk, and going there for me is a big treat. I tend to get the same thing every time because, well, it’s that damn good. Mussels and fries… need I say more?

But the real star for me lately has been their cheese croquettes with a berry balsamic dipping sauce. HOLY CRAP. These things are soooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I have dreams about them, cheesy wonderful dreams full of rainbows and endless amounts of croquettes.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to make some sort of replacement at home, for those nights when I am craving cheese but can’t bear the thought of actually leaving the house to get them. If the Cheeky Monk was as close to my house as the pizza place down the block, you better believe I would be there every single night.

Now, these may not be the exact same thing as the ones at The Cheeky Monk, but WOW. They are still pretty damn delicious. Cheesy and gooey and warm with the slightest crunch of fried awesomeness and the sweet tangy jolt you get from the dipping sauce….

YUM.

Pair that with a massive glass of white wine and you will get a pretty good picture of my life.

Cheese Croquettes

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup flour

2/3 cup of milk

Salt & pepper to taste

2 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups of swiss cheese, grated

For dredging:

1 egg beaten

1/4 milk

1/3 flour

1 cup fine breadcrumb

Oil for frying

Melt butter and add flour. Gradually add milk, blending well. Add egg yolks, cheese, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat until the cheese has melted.

Pour into a pyrex dish and chill overnight. Shape into croquettes or cut into squares.

In a small bowl, beat together the 1 egg and 1/4 cup milk. Roll cheese croquettes carefully in the 1/3 cup flour, dip in egg mixture, then roll in crumbs to coat. Deep fry in oil until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes, and drain.

Berry Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients:

2 cups balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup berries (I used blackberries)

1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook until the sauce is a thick consistency. Serve as a dipping sauce for the croquettes.

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