Old-Fashiopned Maine Croquettes

We truly hesitated about naming this dish for a specific region here in the Northeast, but upon due consideration, Bar Harbor Foods IS a Maine owned company, and it is only through us that you can savor these croquettes that overflow with the flavor of kippers swimming in our own special Newburg sauce. The bell shape is in honor of all the old-time chefs who made these croquettes generations ago, shaping them into bells originally. Hail to those old-school chefs and Hail to Maine.

3 (6.7-oz) cans Bar Harbor® All Natural Smoked Wild Kippers

1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed

3 eggs, divided

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup minced onion

2 tablespoons hot pepper sauc

1 cup flour

1 cup dried bread crumbs

1 cup milk

1 quart canola oil, for frying

1 (15-oz) can Bar Harbor® New England Style Newburg Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

In a large bowl, combine kippers, with liquid from cans, 2 beaten eggs, onion, hot pepper sauce and black pepper. Add half the crackers and combine. Keep adding small amounts of the crushed crackers until it just holds together and place in refrigerater while heating oil and making sauce.

Heat oil in a sturdy pot over medium heat until it reaches 350-degrees F, or use a deep fat fryer, heating oil according to manufacturers instructions.

Remove croquette mixture from refrigerator and, using 2 tablespoon measurements, form into bell shapes. You should have about 12 in total. In a shallow bowl, blend flour and bread crumbs.

In another shallow bowl, mix the milk and remaining egg. Dip each bell in the crumb mixture, then the egg wash. Shake off excess egg wash and dunk back into the crumbs. Repeat with all of the kipper mixture.

Deep fry, in batches, for 4-6 minutes, turning as needed to brown evenly. Remove to paper towel-lined platter. Give yourself a minute or two in between batches for the oil to reheat.

In a small sacuepan, whisk together Newburg Sauce with sour cream and heat over low until hot. Remove and spoon over croquettes. Serve 3 to a plate.

 

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