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  1. 1 lb large boiling potatoes (about 2)

  2. 3 large eggs

  3. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  4. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

  5. 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon

  6. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened

  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  8. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  9. 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs (I prefer panko here) About 4 cups olive oil (not extra-virgin) for frying - **I like using peanut oil here, too

  10. 8 crumbled 1/2 teaspoon hot water

  11. 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  12. 1 garlic clove , chopped

  13. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  14. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  15. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  16. 1/4 teaspoon tomato paste

  17. 1/8 teaspoon salt

  18. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

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  1. How to make it Prepare Croquetas: Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cover with salted cold water by 1 inch in a 2-quart saucepan, then boil until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander. Force potatoes through ricer into a medium bowl and cool. (Can mash with masher or lightly whip with hand mixer.) Lightly beat 1 egg in a small bowl with a fork. Add to cooled potatoes along with herbs, butter, salt, and pepper and stir just until combined. Spoon tablespoons of potato mixture onto a tray, then lightly roll each into a ball between palms of your hands and return to tray. Lightly beat remaining 2 eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Spread flour in a shallow bowl, then spread bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Working in 4 batches (of 6 or 7), roll balls in flour to coat, gently shaking off excess flour. Dip balls in egg, turning to coat and letting excess drip off, then roll in bread crumbs and return to tray. Chill, covered, 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200°F. Heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a 3-quart pot until it registers 360°F on thermometer. Working in 4 batches, fry croquetas, turning if necessary, until browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per batch. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then transfer to a baking pan and keep warm in oven while frying remaining croquetas. (Return oil to 360°F between batches.) **Croquetas can be fried up to 3 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. Reheat in a preheated 400°F oven 8 minutes. ~~ Prepare Saffron Aioli: Put saffron threads in a small cup, then add hot water and let stand 5 minutes. Purée saffron mixture with remaining ingredients in a mini food processor or a blender until smooth. **Aioli can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving (this will take about 1 hour).


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