If there is one thing I’ve learned about Japanese people, it is that they love food. They put a lot of value in food taste and presentation. I’m not the best cook and my “food presentation” skills are horrible. (By food presentation I mean that they pay attention to the look of it when served. Does it have enough colors? Does the way the food is positioned on the plate look good? etc.) Yohei told me about a Japanese dish called Korokke and I was eager to try to make it. I’ve made it a few times now and I feel it is pretty easy to make and doesn’t require me to be good at food presentation. So feel free to try to make it yourself.
- Lettuce (Depends on how much you want. I only used a little bit.)
- 3 potatoes
- 4 eggs (I only show two in the picture below.)
- 2 cups of Panko
- 1 pound of beef (depends on how much you want though)
- 1 teaspoon salt (more if needed)
- 1 teaspoon pepper (more if needed)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- peanut oil
- Teriyaki sauce
Step 1: Start the potatoes process.
Peel the potatoes and cut them into smaller chunks. Then put them in a pot of water. Boil them on high heat until soft. You will know they are good when you can easily stab them with a fork. While they are boiling start on step 2.
Step 2: Prepare the beef.
Place the meat in a pan and cook it until brown. Once everything is completely brown then you can drain the oil out of the pan and place the cooked beef in a bowl. Check on the potatoes to see if they are soft enough. When I did this, the potatoes weren’t ready yet. Set the bowl of beef aside for later and move on to step 3.
Step 3: Prepare the lettuce.
Cut the lettuce up so that it is much smaller. I made mine pretty small but it is up to you how small or big you want the lettuce to be. This is the first time I used lettuce but I think I will end up using more lettuce next time. Again, it’s up to you.
Add 1 teaspoon of oil in the pan and then add the lettuce too. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. (This just depends on how much lettuce you end up using. Mine didn’t need to be cooked too long.) Pour in a bowl and set aside.
*Some people will choose to add other things here too. Like corn, onions, or carrots. If you want to do this then just cook it with the lettuce and then set aside together in a bowl.
Step 4: Mix egg and lettuce with the meat.
Mix 1 egg in with the beef. Then pour the lettuce in and mix well. Then check the potatoes.
Step 5: Check the potatoes.
Make sure the potatoes are soft by trying to stick a fork in them. If they go in easily then they are ready. Drain water from pan and smash all the potatoes until smashed and mixed well. You can keep everything in the same pan you boiled them in. (I don’t know why I used a separate bowl in the picture below to smash them. Haha.)
Add the meat mixture to the potatoes and mix well. Then go on to step 6.
Step 6: Give them shape.
Use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls. I make them around 2 inches wide but it’s up to you if you want them a little bigger or smaller. Go ahead and pour oil into a pan to start heating up. I used peanut oil because I’ve heard it can handle high heat better so it’s better for frying foods. (I’ve also used sunflower oil in the past and it worked well.) I put enough oil in the pan to almost completely cover each ball and started heating it on medium high. While this is heating up, move to step 7.
Step 7: Prepare each ball for frying.
Line up three bowls and fill them up with correct ingredients. The first one should have the flour. The second one should have the 3 mixed eggs. The third should have the panko. You will need to take one ball and cover it everywhere in the flour. Then cover it everywhere in the egg. Finally, cover it everywhere in the panko. Then set the ball down and repeat with the rest. (I always find this the most difficult part because I have to rinse all of the stuff off my hands between every 3-4.) Once done, move on to Step 8.
Step 8: Fry them!
Cook as many at a time as you feel comfortable. I start with three and add three more half way through cooking the first set of three. It’s really up to you though. Cook on one side until the bottom is light brown/golden. Then flip them over and cook until the other side turns light brown/golden. Place them on a plate with napkins or paper towels to soak up excess oil. Once done frying them all then you are done!
Step 9: Prepare to eat and enjoy!
Yohei and I will use a tonkatsu sauce or teriyaki sauce to dip them into. We also like to use Japanese mayo. It’s really up to you though. Pick a sauce that you like and dig in!
So that’s pretty much it. I hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂