Cheese croquettes / breaded cheese bites (kaaskroket)
Breaded cheese, or cheese croquettes, is one of my favourite Belgian snacks to have whenever I’m at the Belgian coast and a must try along with shrimp croquettes (garnaalkroketten). Unlike what the name might suggest, there are no potatoes in this croquettes. The croquette is made from a delicious béchamel sauce loaded with cheese. The mixture then needs to chill in the fridge for hours until it becomes solid and can easily be breaded.
It is quite a difficult recipe to make though, which is why I’ve been putting making them myself off – for years. There are a few things that can go wrong: the mixture won’t become solid, the croquettes burst open when you bake them, .. The first ones I made ended up doing both so I popped the mixture in the freezer to resolve the first issue, and made them smaller and double breaded them to fix the second one. So the best advice I can give you is to try one before breading the whole lot. To be on the safe side, I will be double breading my cheese mix in this recipe as well.
|275 + a few tablespoonsg plain flour You'll need some flour to bread the croquettes as well, it shouldn't be more than a few tablespoons.|
|250g grated cheese I highly recommend Emmental|
|1l full fat milk (warm) By heating up the milk a little bit before adding it you can avoid getting lumps in your sauce.|
|1dl thick cream|
|12 eggs eggs|
|400g pank breadcrumbs|
|Salt & pepper|