Pop Steenhuis’s Dutch Croquette Recipe

Last weekend we had a few of my cousins, aunties and uncles over to my mums house and my pop ran a croquette cooking class. He was proud as punch to show us all how to cook his prized croquettes and it was great to see him pass down a recipe that we all know and love. Here’s the recipe for you all to try:

Ingredients – makes approx. 24 croquettes:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 250 grams mince meat
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 sachet of chicken noodle soup mix
  • 1 whole nutmeg (you only use half)
  • 1 cup/cube vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs


  1. Grate all vegetables finely and place in a pot on the stove with 2-3 cups of water. Let this boil for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add 1 vegetable stock cube and 1 sachet of chicken noodle soup to the pot.
  3. Add in half of the nutmeg (grated), a couple of pinches of ground cloves, a touch of salt and pepper and one teaspoon of soy sauce.
  4. Add 250 grams of mince meat to the pot and mix all together.
  5. Once meat has started to brown add 1/4 cup self raising flour and stir together until the mixture is cooked through.
  6. Leave to completely cool down (overnight if possible)
  7. Once the mixture is cooled roll into 5cm logs
  8. Prepare two bowls, one with 2 whisked eggs and 1/4 cup of milk the other bowl with breadcrumbs, a little flour and a pinch of salt. First place the rolled croquettes into the egg and milk bowl then roll in the second breadcrumb bowl.
  9. Deep fry each croquette and enjoy!


  • Pop assures me that it doesn’t taste the same if you double the recipe and make a big batch all at once, he says you have to do it in small batches or it doesn’t taste as good (Uncle Jack calls this theory bullshit and always makes a big batch… maybe that’s why his never taste as good as pops?).
  • Pop says that the croquettes taste EVEN BETTER when you leave the mixture to sit overnight in the fridge then deep fry them the next morning.
  • Pop says it should ALWAYS be a whole nutmeg that you grate yourself because already ground nutmeg doesn’t taste the same (I wouldn’t argue with him on this one!).
  • Last but not least the reason pop’s croquettes taste so good is because he makes them with veggies out of his own garden and lots of love (I believe him when he says this, nothing beats a tablespoon of love!).

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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  1. Hillary Rose
    February 2015 / 10:54 am

    "Uncle Jack calls this theory bullshit and always makes a big batch maybe thats why his never taste as good as pops?" <– LOL! Great post! These look so yummy! I’ll definitely have to give them a whirl. Thanks for sharing!


    • March 2015 / 12:33 am

      Hahah my uncle jack is a funny man, he always likes to think he can cook these better than pop… A bit of friendly competition!

      They are pretty yummy!

      Shannon xo

  2. Nicole Rouge
    February 2015 / 12:44 am

    How lovely is your pop! This is such a special memory and the croquettes sound delicious.

    • February 2015 / 1:30 am

      Hey Nicole, you should of seen him he was so proud and happy to teach some of his grand kids how to make his special recipe! It’s nice to organise stuff like this, on mum’s side of the family there are 10 brothers and sisters and 40+ cousins (who are now also having babies of their own!)

      At Christmas time and family parties there are always a few people that bring along croquettes and try out do pops, it’s a bit of friendly family competition (and with that many people they are always gone within minutes!) I’m going to try make some all on my own next weekend to see if I can get them perfect!

      Hope your enjoying your weekend, it’s going to be a lovely warm one this weekend in Melbourne, enjoy!

      Shannon xo

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