I know what you're thinking,
"umm...Eva, that definitely looks like a chicken tender"
and you're right about that...but hidden under that deliciously golden, crispy panko is sweet mashed potatoes, seasoned with a little salt and garlic powder plus black beans.
You also may wondering what on Earth made me come up with this little nugget of joy? Well, The Recipe Redux has challenged us to come up with a recipe that reminds us of an unforgettable meal we enjoyed from our travels!
My mind started to scramble of all the different places I've been so fortunate to go to and some of the foods I ate.
One of those places I was so lucky to visit was Barcelona, Spain.
In Barcelona, you can't walk too far without seeing tapas, little snacks or appetizers, that are sold on the street and at different restaurants.
In Spain, croquettes are often found with the tapas. Traditionally, they are made using a bechamel sauce (a white cream sauce that is the base for many of your favorite creamy dishes) and mixed with ham, breaded and fried.
In the U.S., you're more likely to see croquettes made with potatoes. Since I had some sweet potatoes laying around, I decided to try that out first!
They came out perfect! Sweet on the inside, crispy and savory on the outside. Plus a little added bite with the black beans.
Since the texture is soft on the inside, these pair perfectly with a crunchy cabbage salad, topped with salty crumbled cheese and tossed in a creamy chipotle vinaigrette!
Let's get cooking!