Memories of Thanksgiving Aromas + Pumpkin Rice Croquettes with Tarragon Mayonnaise

Pumpkin Rice Croquettes

And it is November already, which means there are only a few days left to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  But living in other countries has certainly taught me some beautiful holiday traditions. Traditions that I’ve learned to love. Nowadays I live in a country that is not part of this celebration but despite all, my soul keeps reminding me about good Thanksgiving memories while living overseas. These thoughts planted memories in my mind. Memories of Thanksgiving aromas and immediately reminded me of pumpkin!
Something with pumpkin and nutmeg flavor, something with a Thanksgiving taste! I took the little pumpkin {that has been decorating my kitchen counter for quite some time, now} and immediately knew what to do with it.

It is summer season here and something light and comforting was the perfect choice! I used arborio rice, which is great for this kind of recipe; I added onion, garlic, parmesan cheese, and nutmeg. And served them with lemon wedges and tarragon mayonnaise, using some fresh tarragon leaves. I hope you try this pumpkin croquette recipe! Not only are they full of flavor but beautiful as an entree or as a light lunch served with a green salad. And even for an elegant picnic! They are very practical to make too because they can be prepared ahead of time! You can keep them in the fridge uncooked for a couple of days until ready to go or you can cooked the croquettes, keep them in the fridge {also for a couple of days, no longer than that} and reheated them before serving.
Happy Thanksgiving Day, be grateful, enjoy your family and friends, laugh and eat well!
 Thank you at tusrecetas.tv /Spain for the interview! You can find the interview in here.

Also I would like to invite you to participate at the Pasplore website—they have been preparing beautiful Mosaics about Thanksgiving Recipes using some amazing food photographs. Check them out!

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Pumpkin Rice Croquettes Recipe with Tarragon Mayonnaise
This recipe needs to be prepared a day before for better results. Makes 40 (depending on size)

1 C. Arborio rice
1 chicken bouillon / stock cube
Water—quantity needed to cook the rice (I used 5 ½ C) check package instructions.
2 C. Pumpkin, uncooked and grated
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Nutmeg, to taste
¾ C. Parmesan cheese, grated 

Vegetable oil to fry the croquettes

In a medium saucepan add arborio rice and water and bring to boil. Add chicken bouillon/ stock cube and reduce heat to low.
In the meantime, sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. When ready –and rice is halfway cooked-- add the sauté onion and garlic plus grated pumpkin to the rice. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stirring constantly –until cooked and liquid is absorbed. This will take about 25 minutes. Add parmesan cheese. Chill for several hours (but better to keep in the fridge all night) until firm enough to handle.
Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate dishes. And using a tablespoon start making the rice balls. Then  1-Dust balls in flour 2-followed by beaten eggs and 3- roll on breadcrumbs. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before frying.
Cook the croquettes in batches for about 2-3 minutes, turning until crisp and golden brown. Drain on paper towel. Served with lemon wedges and tarragon mayonnaise. And garnish with fresh tarragon leaves.. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and mixed leaves.

*For better results--make the rice mixture the day before if possible.
*You can keep the croquettes cooked or uncooked in the fridge for up to two days.
*Do not use sushi rice instead of arborio—results are not the same. 

For the Tarragon Mayonnaise: In a bowl simply combine; mayonnaise, one garlic clove finely chopped, add fresh tarragon,mix well. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

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