Smoked Cashew Croquetas (with port-glazed red beetroot and orange emulsion)
Croquetas are a traditional Spanish tapas made from a thick white sauce, usually with added ham, which are breaded and deep fried so the outside is crisp and the inside is melting and delicious. This dish makes use of the magical qualities of cashew nuts to create a similar effect, but with only the one ingredient. Cashews contain a lot of natural starches and fats and so, once puréed, they can fulfil the role of the roux, milk and cheese in the recipe all on their own. The full culinary potential of cashews is only just being realised – heat them up and wonderful things begin to happen.
This recipe is taken from Richard’s amazing new, gourmet cookbook Plants Taste Better.
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