Potato Croquettes with Parmesan

I call them the cousins of chips as they are fried and made out of potatoes but these are a different thing altogether.

When I asked my husband (who is English) whether he fancied some croquettes he said: ” they are all right”. I could see he didn’t seem very excited about them. He was recalling memories of eating something similar in the 70’s out of a supermarket frozen section.

In those days, after the 50’s and 60’s, when women had always slaved away in the kitchen making everything from scratch, it seemed like a liberation that convenience meals were invented. You no longer needed to spend hours cooking. You simply got something out of the freezer, or out of a packet, warmed it up and job done! Convenient, easy, quick and …. TASTELESS!

We seem to have gone back to slow cooking again. We do appreciate that there is no shortcut to a tasty meal. Nevertheless people work and they are very busy these days and the time left for cooking is not much. Simple and easy meals are the answer for working days cooking and more laborious and time consuming ones over the weekend or when you have more time on your hands.

Croquettes are a treat. Make them when you have enough spare time and you won’t forget having them. They are a melt in your mouth pleasure.

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes


  • potatoes for mashing – 1 Kg
  • nutmeg
  • egg yolks – 2
  • grated Parmesan – 100 g
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying
  • breadcrumbs


Cook the potatoes in cold salty water.  Drain and peel them when they are still warm. With a potato masher, mash them in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, Parmesan, nutmeg and mix well.

Mould them into a log shape or if you prefer into little balls.

Beat the egg yolks and dip the croquettes in it. Then roll them into breadcrumbs. If you like you can do that twice in order to have a thicker batter.

Heat plenty of oil in a large pan and when hot fry the croquettes until golden turning them on both sides.

When they are cooked put them on a kitchen paper so that the excess oil will be absorbed.

Serve straight away.

That evening after supper my husband exclaimed “I had no idea croquettes could be so tasty!”


27 thoughts on “Potato Croquettes with Parmesan

  1. I’ve never tried them…We can’t find a good Parmesan here in Romania…and I suppose it’s a key ingredient. I shall try it…I have the feeling my boyfriend will like them :)> Congrats Alida.


  2. It’s been SOOO long since I’ve had a croquette – my dad used to make them on very special occasions (I think he used rice instead of potatoes, but the concept was the same). I love homemade croquettes and now you’ve got me craving them. And I couldn’t agree more with you regarding cooking from-scatch and quick-fix simple meals for busy days. That’s the key… Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after a week of holiday…


  3. Oh wow, two of my favourite ingredients cooked together in a delicious croquette. I know my kids would eat this up in a jiffy. Noting this recipe down to try.


  4. Grazie per aver visitato il mio blog … le crocchette con parmesano uhmmmm deliziosi. Pecato di essere così lontano condividerebbero molte cose e ci piacerebbe mangiare insieme .. BACI


  5. Ciao!!! Quanto sono buone!! Queste crocchette fanno tutti felici, grandi e piccini!!!
    Un bacione grande e felice settimana!!!!


  6. I made something like this years ago! I completely forgot about it. Time to dust it off as the kids would enjoy this. My family is like yours, make from scratch and enjoy the good stuff. 🙂


      1. I know! I don’t get the parents that give in when the kids don’t want to eat something. Or they get stuck on chicken fingers. They won’t starve if you make healthy choices for them.


  7. I do love your new blog. The layout is wonderful!!! And of course, the recipe looks delicious. I’m glad you visited, so I can now follow you at your new blog. Congrats!!!


  8. I must admit that I felt like drooling when I saw the title of your croquettes. “crispy outiside and soft inside”.. Yum!


  9. I like to fry leftover mashed potatoes, but they’ve never looked this good. I think I’ll give it a whirl with the intention of breading and frying from the outside. They look amazing!


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