Zucchini, hazelnut, and millet croquettes

Millet croquettes

So my dog, Steenbeck, was a german shorthaired pointer. Not a dog you see very often! But these days, when I do see one, I can’t not pet it! Today, I saw an unmistakable brown-spotty-tailed-pointer-butt saunter by. I flew out the door! I’d met the dog before – he’s a handsome boy. He looked at me with fear! He positively cowered away from me! Well, my goodness, most irregular! I laughed to David that I must have seemed too needy, and David said there’s probably a warning out about me, on german shorthaired twitter networks. It’s funny, if you know pointers, because they’re twittery. They’re naturally nervous nellies, which is why I didn’t take it personally that this handsome boy didn’t feel like socializing. I’ve been dreaming a lot about Steenbeck, lately, and it’s nice to spend time with her in my dreams, even if the dreams are sometimes anxious, and I miss her all over again upon waking. I live in a town full of dogs, and it’s good to have them around. And, as I said the other day, I see dogs everywhere – in knots in wood, in branches of trees, in rocks and stones. (Where is she going with this? You’re asking yourself. Well, I’m glad you asked!) The other day, in the mountains, the boys were fishing. I’m not a big fan of fishing. Not a big fan of the inevitable cruelty to worm-and-fish. But it’s a summery thing for a boy to do, once in a while, I get that. I had to sit with them, because Isaac can’t swim as well as he thinks he can. I had my blank notebook and a ball point pen with me. I carry them everywhere, because I like to pretend that I might write something important at any moment! When you least expect it! I sat at a weather-greyed splintery picnic table, which was only lightly coated with worm poop and fish guts. And this is how I happened to embark upon my new, slightly vandalistic, bench-and-picnic-table improving project of the summer! I was very happy, drawing dogs in knots in wood. I have an odd idea of fun, and this is it! Of course it’s not permanent, but surely the transitory nature of the drawings makes them more poignant! I’d like to travel the world spreading wood dog spirits!!

Maybe someday. In the meantime, let’s cook some good meals! I had some leftover millet from this dinner, and I decided to combine it with zucchini to make croquettes. I made them quite simple, so the flavor of the millet could shine through. I added some hazelnuts for flavor and crunch, and fresh basil (of course!). Millet makes lovely croquettes – crispy, lacy, and flavorful. We ate them almost like falafel, but with tortillas instead of pita. Pita would work well, too! We ate baby arugula and chopped tomatoes to wrap up as well. Some sort of sauce would have been nice, but I was tired after work, so I never got around to it. Almond aioli would have been perfect, and quick and easy! Next time. We ate them the next day as kofta balls in a red lentil curry, which I’ll tell you about soon.

Here’s one dog, and the rest are after the jump.

Wood dog spirit

And here’s Maga Dog, by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Love this!

2 cups millet, cooked like this (in broth)
1 medium-sized zucchini, grated very fine (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup hazenuts – ground
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 egg
1 plump clove garlic, roasted or toasted, and smushed
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large handful fresh basil, washed and chopped
Olive oil, to coat the sheets

Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly coat two cooking sheets with olive oil.

Grabbing it in small handfuls, squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the zucchini. Put it in a large bowl, and add all of the other ingredients. Mix everything together well.

Taking small handfuls, make small patties and flatten them onto the oiled sheets.

Bake until crispy and golden brown, turning occasionally to cook both sides. Should take about 20 minutes all together!

All the dogs! As you can see, Isaac got into the spirit of things, as well, but he’s man who draws monsters.

All the dogs

(I’ve been trying all day to figure out a better way to load these pictures on my slow computer!)

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5 thoughts on “Zucchini, hazelnut, and millet croquettes

  1. The dog wood spirits are fabulous! I often see my Temple Dogs in the clouds. You have inspired me to look on the knotty pine floor in Riley Wu’s room. Perhaps, I’ll see our white poodle boy there and I will draw him in chalk. Some brownie spirit or other left a few large zucchini at our front door and, I have leftover millet, so I will try a version of your croquettes this morning. They look yummy. I wonder what is the difference between a croquette and a pancake?

    • Interesting question! I keep thinking of differences, and then seeing that they don’t really apply. They both can or can’t use eggs, flour, leavening, they can both be fried, they can be different sizes, sweet or savory. I just don’t know!! I guess I tend to think of pancakes as soft and croquettes as crispy, but I don’t know if that’s a definitive difference. I’m glad your croquettes turned out well. Sage butter sounds like the perfect way to make them!

  2. Oh, I see. You bake them. Maybe that makes them croquettes. Doggies and CT were were anxious for their breakfast, so I made a quick mini- pancake version. Omitted nuts and cheese for CT and pups. Used sage butter. Then added ground walnuts in mine. Everyone loved them. Thanks, Claire.

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