Psychiatric Soiree: Uninformed Croquetas

Informed consent is an important aspect of medical care; patients must be given all relevant information before they choose to agree to a treatment, especially surgeries or elective treatments. In psychiatry, we are often responsible for assessing the patient’s capacity to understand this information, to ensure that the consent is truly informed. I tried for weeks to come up with a food representation of “capacity,” but settled on making these uninformed croquetas, which people had to decide whether to eat without knowing what was in them (anchovy or truffle, as it turns out). No one seemed to hesitate to give their uninformed consent!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups cream
  • 3 TB truffle paste (I used an Italian black truffle paste)
  • 3 TB anchovy paste (I used the kind in the tube, just so long as its smooth)
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups oil for frying


  • Over low heat, whisk the flour and butter until the flour is just barely cooked through
  • Add the milk and cream and continue whisking until well-incorporated and thick but still light in color
  • Divide this dough into two batches, and thoroughly mix the anchovy or truffle paste into each batch
  • Allow to cool so that croquetas can be rolled with your fingertips
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl, and put the breadcrumbs in a second bowl
  • Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet until a drop of water causes a sizzle
  • Make 1″ balls of dough, dip in egg and then in breadcrumbs, and then place straight into the oil
  • After 1-2 minutes or when brown, flip croquetas, and 1-2 minutes later, remove to a lined plate to drain
  • Serve truffle and anchovy croquetas together so that no one knows which flavor is which

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