Fried Reuben Fritters

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Just a bit of luck o’ the Irish is all you need for this recipe. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or you just want to impress your dinner guests, these Fried Reuben Bites will certainly be the snack to do the trick. Typically, potatoes are associated with St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish; however, since I’ve already done a potato-themed recipe for St. Patrick’s Day in the past, I thought I’d deviate from the traditional potato cuisine of the island off the coast of Britain. Get ready for something unique, and enjoy the pop of flavor you’ll get from these fried Reuben fritters! Straight from the kitchen of The Kitchen are a delicious Irish treat! Let’s get started!

For your recipe, you will need:

  • ¾ lb of corned beef (You can make it yourself, or get it from your local deli)
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (doesn’t matter if you get the bagged shredded cheese, or if you shred it straight from the mozzarella itself)
  • 2 cups of sauerkraut (If you absolutely can’t stand or find sauerkraut, you can forego this, but sauerkraut really is the key to a good Reuben)
  • 6 ounces of cream cheese (~¾ of a bar)
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ¼ tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup of flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup of panko bread crumbs (you can use any bread crumbs you want; I’ve just found that panko works the best)
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying (peanut oil works too, but these two will work better for the recipe)

Firstly, before you prepare anything else, get your oil ready. Pour your canola or vegetable in a cast iron skillet or fryer, and leave it on medium heat. Using a frying thermometer (also used for testing temperatures for candy), test the heat of the oil. The oil should be around 350º F.

While your oil is heating up, prepare your other ingredients. In one bowl, combine your corned beef, mozzarella, sauerkraut, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder and Dijon mustard. You can beat the mixture or mix it with your hands as well.

After you have the mixture completed, use a small spoon and portion out small spheres onto a sheet pan. If you don’t have a spoon, you can use your hands as well, so long as the bites are slightly smaller than that of a golf ball.

After you have portioned out your bites, prepare three separate bowls. One should have flour, another should have your eggs (beaten), and the last should have your panko. For each fritter, cover them first in the flour, then the egg and finally, the panko. Once you’re done, all of your fritters should be properly breaded.

If your oil is ready, place your fritters into the oil around six to eight at a time, and let them fry for around four or five minutes, or at least until they’re golden brown. Once all of your fritters are fried, season them with more salt and serve them with a side of ranch or thousand island dressing.

I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day! Maybe the next time you have an Irish themed get-together, you can make these delicious little bites for your guests. They’ll be sure not to disappoint.