Miami honors fried favorite on croqueta day


By Ana Mengotti

Miami, October 1 (EFE) .- Hot dogs may be king in New York City, but croquetas reign supreme in informal Miami restaurants and even have a day – October 1 – set aside in their honor in the south Florida.

To mark the fourth edition of Croqueta Day, an establishment of the Sergio’s restaurant chain in Miami’s upscale Coral Gables neighborhood decided to go all out and serve a record-breaking feast: a two-meter-long feast (6, 6 feet long) version of this deep-fried snack stuffed with ingredients including ham, the favorite croqueta filling of the Cuban community in exile in Miami.

“The croqueta is our best selling of anything we cook,” Raul Abreu, director of corporate operations at Sergio’s, a chain with more than a dozen stores that sold 20 million croquetas between 1975 told Efe. and 2017.

Sergio’s was behind the initiative to make Croqueta Day an annual celebration in Miami and Miami-Dade County in 2018 (neighboring Broward County then joined the club two years later), Abreu said. with pride, showing the special seven foot deep fryer that was made. to order for Friday’s unique feat.

The croqueta mix, which has been prepared and frozen, arrived at noon by truck and will be breaded and fried to the desired golden color in front of a small crowd between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

The giant fryer, Abreu explained, has a special mechanism to rotate the croqueta and make sure it is cooked evenly.

The Origins of Croqueta – a deep-fried, breaded round or oval snack filled with a béchamel sauce-based mixture that may include ham, beef, fish, or other ingredients and is rolled in a beaten egg – is a subject of controversy.

All signs point to her birthplace in France (where she is known as croquette), although this dumpling-like food has arrived in Cuba from Spain.

The ingenuity for which Cubans are known is also manifested in the development of croqueta in Miami, where croqueta preparada (croqueta sandwich) and even croqueta cake were invented.

As the story of this latest creation goes, a Cuban party guest in Miami, who was also a baker, ate a croqueta that fell on a plate with ice cream and sprinkled with icing sugar.

Andy Herrera was surprised by the pleasant taste and decided to create a cake in which the croquetas play the same role as the cookies in a tiramisu.

He told Efe that since 2018, he has been selling an average of 20 to 25 of these cakes per week at his BreadMan Miami bakery chain.

Each of these desserts includes 96 ham-filled croquetas. “Ham is king when it comes to croquetas,” Herrera said.

The croqueta preparada, another Cuban contribution to the world of croquettes, is a variation of the Cuban sandwich and includes ham, pork, Swiss cheese and two croquetas stuffed with ham in Cuban bread.

The gastronomic competition known as “Croquetazo” will also be held again in the coming days.

At the 2019 edition of this event, competitive American eater Joey Chestnut set a world record devouring 185 croquetas in eight minutes. EFE

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