These cheesy croquettes are made with simple ingredients and make for a quick snack or appetizer. Cooking these in the air fryer will help you achieve a crispy texture without the added oil.
measuring cups & spoons
piping bag or resealable plastic bag
sheet pan with parchment
3 tbsp (45ml) butter
3 tbsp + ½ cup (45ml + 125ml) flour
2 cups (500ml) milk
1 cup (250ml) cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup (250ml) broccoli, steamed and chopped
2 cups (500ml) panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp (30ml) water
2/3 cup (160ml) marinara sauce
salt and pepper
In a large pot melt butter over medium heat. Now add the 3 tbsp of flour and cook until smells like almonds, about 5 minutes. Making sure to stir constantly so not to burn. Add milk and whisk until comes together and thickens, should take about 3-4 minutes. Once thick and coats the back of a spoon, add cheese and broccoli. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place cheddar cheese mixture into a container and let cool completely in the fridge. About 20 minutes.
Prepare a sheet pan with a piece of parchment on it. Once cheddar cheese mixture is cool, place into a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with the corner cut out of it. Pipe long ¾” logs onto the parchment and put into the freezer to set-up.
After 20 minutes, take logs out and cut into 1 ½-2” pieces and put back into the freezer.
Now set-up a breading station, place panko into a large bowl, place ½ cup flour into a bowl and eggs and the water in a third bowl.
Bread the frozen croquettes, dredge the coquettes into the flour, then into the egg, followed by the panko. Now back to the egg wash and finish with the panko to finish the double breading. You may have to do this in batches. Once breaded place back into the freezer.
Pre-heat air fryer to 400˚F (205˚C). Place croquettes into the air fryer, turn heat down to 375˚F (190˚C) and cook for 5-10 minutes (check after 5 minutes).
While croquettes are cooking warm marinara in a pot. When croquettes are finished cooking serve with the marinara. Enjoy!
Croquettes can be breaded ahead of time and cooked from frozen for a quick snack.
This classic, one-pan meal is perfect for those nights when you want to treat your family to something delicious and hearty without the big cleanup. For added creaminess, add a generous dollop of sour cream!