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Bacon & Cheese potato croquettes

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Bacon & Cheese croquettes

There’s a magical thing that happens when fat meets carbs. It’s not healthy, the Paleo/Banting/Keto/Atkins/Cavemen won’t approve but oh man, is it good! That’s exactly what this croquette is all about. Delicious, smooth potato mixed with crispy bacon, sharp mature cheddar then breaded and fried. I’m sallivating just thinking about it.

Bacon & Cheese croquettes

I’ve always loved croquettes since the first time I tasted one as a young teen. We went to a market/festival of some type and my mom bought me a proper Dutch “Kroket” from a big, tall man with flaming red hair. He spoke in a heavy Dutch accent which I loved as it sounded so much like my home language, Afrikaans. He told me to be careful when biting into it as it would be very hot and said that I absolutely had to have it with mustard. It was heavenly.

Bacon & Cheese croquettes

Then years later, I went to a lovely Cape Town restaurant called La Mouette and Chef Henry (absolute genius) had truffle croquettes on the menu. I ordered them without hesitation and again, I was in heaven. Seriously one of the most delicious things I had ever tasted. So it’s actually strange that it’s taken me this long to make my own croquettes. I decided on a potato base just because it’s easy to work with and bacon and cheese? Well, what’s not better when bacon and cheese are added?

This makes the perfect pre-dinner snack with drinks and can also be served as part of a tapas board with a zesty aioli. Alternatively you could eat them as they come out of the fryer. That’s what I did.

Bacon & Cheese croquettes

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Bacon & Cheese potato croquettes
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Recipe type: Croquettes, Hors D'oeuvres
Serves: 4
  • 3 cups mashed potato, cooled
  • 100g bacon, fried till crispy
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups flour seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs, seasoned with salt
  • oil for frying
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Chop the bacon into small pieces then mix with the potato and cheese.
  2. Place the flour, egg and breadcrumbs into separate bowls.
  3. Form the potato mixture into balls/small logs (the traditional shape) then coat first in the flour, then the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Fry the croquettes in the hot oil until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Lynda

    I made loaded potato skins, and used the inside of the potato as the base for this recipe. It was SO delish. I made a zesty aioli sauce and they were a huge hit!

    • Alida Ryder

      Oh yum! That sounds amazing Lynda! So glad you liked it.

  • Jenny

    Could I use store bought already made mashed pots. Think I’m gonna make for a st Patrick’s day party!!!!:-)

  • Courtney/

    This looks like the absolute best way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Do you have a recommendation for breadcrumbs? Panko or homemade? I’m sure they’re incredible either way.

    • Alida Ryder

      Courtney, it really is! Either breadcrumbs would be great. Panko is obviously the crunchiest of crunchy crumbs so if you liked crunch as much as I do, maybe go for that!

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  • ami@naivecookcooks

    such beautiful photography!

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