And today we decided to share with you one of hundreds of thousands of croqueta recipes, the croquettes from Casa Marcial, a two Michelin stars family restaurant in Arriondas, a little town in the northern coastal region of Asturias.
By Valeska Idarraga
Each grandmother is a unique cooking style, and so are croquetas in Spain. Croquettes have always been comfort food for us, made at home by our grandmas and later by our moms, without following any specific croquetas recipe, just cooked off the top of their head as so I am, because the flavor and texture are in my memory forever, they gave a high sentimental value and are part of my modest story.
And I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that no one ordered croquettes in restaurants when I was a child, that was home food. Anyone, until a feverish yearning for croquetas emerged. Cheap and chic, now you can order croquettes both in a bar as a pintxo and in a white-tablecloth restaurant.
And today we decided to share with you one of hundreds of thousands of croquetas recipes, the croquettes from Casa Marcial, a two Michelin stars family restaurant in Arriondas, a little town in the northern coastal region of Asturias.
Chef Nacho Manzano is one of the big names in the Spanish culinary scene, and his croquetas are famous. His great-grandmother started the business in 1898 as a grocery store, then his parents opened the tavern serving local Asturian traditional dishes. Finally in 1993, the modern age started led by Nacho Manzano and his sister Esther, and Casa Marcial became the restaurant as we know it today, set in the same old house where they were born.
The region of Asturias has been one of the preferred summer retreats for madrileños, but forgotten by the mass tourism. Listed as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2020 by The New York Times, this unexplored destination is home to the oldest National Park in Spain Picos de Europa, it’s homeland of the widest range of cheeses in the word and its wild nature, beautiful fishing villages, great heritage, dinosaur footprints, industrial and mining heritage, spectacular mountains, valleys and limestone gorges and its winding shoreline which links one town with the next, leads you through the most wonderful coastal scenery. Asturias has 7 UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserves listed. Why not extending your CÚRATE Trip to Basque Country to explore magical Asturias?
Their starred croquettes are never missing in Casa Marcial, even as aperitif in the more modern menu. They’re made from jamón serrano (country ham), with an almost-liquid béchamel sauce and very lightly breaded. When you bit them, they melt in your mouth.
Ingredients (for about 50 units):
Cooking tip: as it is a time-consuming preparation, even if you are just two make more quantity and once shaped and breaded freeze them. When you want to enjoy some, simply take them out from the freezer about 10 minutes before deep-frying (so they won’t be cold inside).
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