Why you should go crazy for croquettes
Croquettes transform boring leftovers into delicious treats.
They aren’t often on the menu in New Zealand – but they should be. Invented as a way to use up leftovers, croquettes are hot and gooey on the inside while crispy on the outside, making them a very moreish snack.
Many cultures have their own version – from a traditional Dutch one made with veal, to the Spanish tapas croquetas with ham, to the popular chicken-based coxinha of Brazil. In the Netherlands they are so popular that you can buy a McKroket which is a McDonald’s burger with a croquette in it!
Here’s five different recipes for you to try. You can use any ingredients that you like, just make sure that the filling is firm enough to keep its shape when cooked. Traditionally croquettes are deep fried, but you can also pan-fry or oven bake them.
These sweetcorn croquettes are a delicious way to use up leftover potato and other bits and pieces you may have in your fridge. Serves 4 and can be prepared in under 60 minutes!
Smashed Potato and Tuna Croquettes
Even if you have nothing in your fridge, you should still have the ingredients to make these smashed potato and tuna croquettes. Another great and easy way to use those leftovers.
Kumara and Roast Meat Croquettes
Maybe these should be considered a Kiwi croquette? Former MasterChef NZ contestant Hayley-Marie Bilton shares her great croquette recipe to make use of leftovers from your Sunday roast.
If you are looking for a vegetarian option, try these cauliflower croquettes. The best thing is, they come with the Heart Foundation tick of approval! We call that a win-win.
This Dutch recipe is a family favourite. If you prefer, you can use other leftover meat instead of chicken.