Kabocha Pumpkin Croquettes
These healthy croquettes are toasted, not fried! Mix in tuna and cream cheese to balance out the sweetness of the kobocha pumpkin.
Photographed by Masaya Suzuki
Calorie count is per serving.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1/8 kabocha pumpkin (net 160 g)
- 20 g panko breadcrumbs
- 30 g cream cheese
- 1/2 can tuna (canned; in oil) (approx. 40 g)
- Mesclun (mixed young salad greens), as needed
- Lemon wedges, as needed
Peel the kabocha and remove the seeds and stringy pulp. Cut into bite-size pieces, then place in a heat-resistant bowl. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and microwave (600 W) for about 8 minutes.
Pour the panko into a frying pan and place over medium heat. Toast the panko for about 10 minutes until golden brown, allowing the moisture to evaporate.
Toasting enhances the fragrance of the panko breadcrumbs.
Mash the kabocha while still hot, then combine with cream cheese, drained canned tuna, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roll into bite-size balls and coat with toasted panko. Plate up and garnish with salad greens and lemon wedges.