I have recently discovered that croquettes are something my kids enjoy. They are a great finger food and so much fun. Plus, they are so easy to make. I like to combine a starch of some kind or some veggies together with Cacique cheese. Since plantains are a favorite around here, I decided to make these creepy plantain croquettes for Halloween season. It’s so fun to make a special Halloween platter for the family! They can be served as a Halloween party dish, as a side dish during dinner or even as a school lunch box treat. Don’t forget to get the kids involved. They will have so many ideas on how to decorate these creepy creatures, you’ll be amazed!
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2 ripe plantains
- 1 cup of Cacique Ranchero® Queso Fresco
- For croquette decorations:
- 5 olives stuffed with red peppers, sliced
- 1 package of Cacique Panela
- Half a red bell peppers, cut into strips
- 6 green onions, cut into strips (only the green part)
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Sunflower seeds
- Handful of cashews
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black raisins
- 1 teaspoon of nut butter
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Cut the plantains in half then cut the ends, cook 2 halves in the microwave for 2 minutes, turn them and cook for 2 minutes more. Cook the rest of the plantains the same way. Let them cool, then peel. Mash plantains and combine with the Ranchero® Queso Fresco. Mix until well combined.
- Make small balls with the plantain and cheese mixture with your hands. Each ball should be about 1.5” diameter approximately. Place the croquettes in an air fryer at 400º for about 10 minutes then turn and cook for 8 more minutes or until they are golden brown. You can also cook them in the oven on a cooking spray coated baking sheet at 400º for about 15-20 minutes.
- Let them cool, then start decorating the creepy plantain croquettes. Use a knife to open up the spaces neeed to add face features, arms or even hair, be creative, anything goes!
- Here are some basic ideas to use as decorations: Olive slices and Panela cut in triangles or circles can be used for eyes. Raisins can be cut even smaller to make pupils. Use a little bit of nut butter as glue. Sunflower seeds, cashews and pumpkin seeds are great for teeth. Alfalfa sprouts and green onions works perfect for hair.