MELBA'S SWAP SHOP
DEAR MELBA: You asked for our mother's recipes that we remember as the best. My mother, Marie Giggie, of Monroe, Maine, makes these wonderful croquettes.
Sometimes, she serves them with mushroom sauce, so she shared that recipe, also.
The chopped meat can be any cooked meat — ham, chicken, turkey, etc. It's a good way to use leftovers. I usually double the recipe.
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 cups chopped cooked meat
1 teaspoon minced onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons water
Fine dry bread or cracker crumbs, approximately 1 1/2-cups In medium saucepan, over low heat, melt butter. Blend in 4 tablespoons flour and salt, stirring constantly until well mixed and bubbling. Remove from heat and add milk. Return to low heat, stirring constantly until thick and creamy. This makes about 1 cup cream sauce.
In large pan or dish, mix the sauce with meat and onion. Cover and chill. Beat egg with water. Shape meat mixture into finger shapes, ovals or round patties and roll in flour. Dip in beaten egg, then roll in crumbs. Fry in 375-degree fat about 3 minutes. Or, they can be baked in 350-degree oven about 7 minutes, turn and continue baking about 7 more minutes. Makes about 4 servings.
I like to make this mushroom sauce to serve with them.
1 can (2 ounces) sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bouillon or stock
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
1 egg yolk, beaten
Use fresh or canned mushrooms. If using fresh, you'll need 1/2-cup sliced mushrooms. Whichever you use, brown them in the butter in medium skillet and blend in flour and salt. Add bouillon and nutmeg. Cook until thick. Add beaten egg yolk and stir until well mixed and egg is cooked. Makes about 1 cup.
MERRILEE HARRIS, Harrah
DEAR MELBA: Here's a prayer our mothers probably prayed for us:
“When you were small ... and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cool night air ...
But now that you are tall ... and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you in prayer.”
CAROL JACKSON, N.C.
Aren't memories wonderful! Be sure to check my column the next few weeks for Carol's mother's recipes and others, including Linda Green, Ardmore; Christine Eilerts, Jones; Suzanne Parker, G. Jurko and Sandy Warren, Oklahoma City.
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