A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

July 04, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Culinary Tour de France, Main Dishes Print This Post Print This Post

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The 2009 Tour de France has officially begun and so shall the vegetarian culinary tour! To start the tour, we are going to get crunchy, zesty and fried with these Spinach Parmesan Croquettes. (I wouldn’t, however, recommend eating these prior to attempting your individual time trial.)

If you have some precooked rice on hand, this recipe takes no time at all to make. And, as a bonus, you get to get your hands all goopy forming the croquettes into little cylinders. I was able to form 14 croquettes using this recipe below. We almost ate all of them in one sitting.

Spinach Parmesan Croquettes
Adapted from: The Best Vegetarian Recipes

  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup/8 oz frozen spinach, cooks and drained (or fresh, cooked and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups rice, cooked
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and/or Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • canola oil for frying

Add oil to a pan and set to medium high heat. Add onions in oil until light golden and translucent. Add cooked rice, spinach, spices, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Add cheese.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Turn heat to low and add egg making sure that it doesn’t cook too quickly. Remove pan from heat and allow mixture to cool.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Once mixture is cool enough to handle with your hands. Crack two eggs in a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Add bread crumbs to another bowl. Form spinach mixture into small, cylindrical rolls.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Dip into egg mixture…

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

and then into breadcrumbs.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Place uncooked croquettes on a plate until all are breaded. (I placed mine on a sheet of parchment paper.)

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet with oil and turn heat to on medium high. Add croquettes into oil and fry until all sides become golden brown.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Place on plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra oil.

A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes

Serve with a tomato sauce for dipping.

6 Comments to “A Vegetarian Tour de France: Spinach Parmesan Croquettes”


  1. Oh my! I am going to make these right now!! My other leftovers will just have to wait to get eaten. :)

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  2. Is that 1.5c rice measured dry before cooking, or 1.5c of cooked rice?

    Hard enough to find vegetarian Parmesan, with non-animal rennet. Have you been able to find vegetarian asiago?

    Looks awesome!! :D

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  3. Megabeth says:

    It’s 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice.

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  4. Megabeth says:

    My local organic market (MOM’s) has a lot of vegetarian cheeses including parmesean and asiago. I’m not sure of what brand I got because I threw away the wrapper. I do know that it didn’t have animal based rennet in it. (However, it looks like you can buy a giant wheel of vegetarian asiago from these folks here: http://www.vellacheese.com/pages/products.html. I’ll split it with you.) ;)

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  5. Huge wheel of veggie Italian cheese? I’ve only ever seen those delivered by a pair of Giro podium ragazze. Is that included in the shipping & handling?

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  6. Megabeth says:

    I’m sure we could arrange something…

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