Croquettes are the ultimate labor of love. There is nothing quite like a croquette—the dish is simple and in the best way. This food always seems to remind you of a welcoming home-cooked meal. Croquettes bring back nostalgia while giving you a place of common ground to stand upon with new people, inviting you to create new memories and relationships.
The Origin of the Croquette
A croquette is a small cylinder or ball of filling that has been breaded and fried. Auguste Escoffier, a French culinary artist, created the modern form of these bundles of joy in France in 1898. Although Escoffier was the founder of this classic dish, Phileas Gilbert, another widely-known chef, was also involved in creating and writing down the original recipe. The two chefs had initially noted that croquettes were to be filled with potato, often in mashed form.
The word ‘croquette’ is rooted in the French word ‘croquer,’ which means ‘to crunch’ or ‘to bite.’ While a croquette is not crunchy all the way through, there is a satisfaction that comes with taking the first bite and breaking the outer shell of the snack. The crunch comes from the egg and bread crumbs that form the outer layer of the food, which is fried to hold everything in place.
After coming to life in France, croquettes made their way down to Spain, where they soon became trendy and prevalent. Once arriving in Spain, they adopted a new name, ‘croquetas.’
Rather than being filled with potatoes like the original croquettes, croquetas are typically filled with bechamel sauce, as well as some form of chopped meat. Bechamel sauce is a building block that provides the foundation for many classic recipes. When made purely, bechamel sauce is created from butter, flour, milk, and a small amount of seasoning.
Today, a typical croquette can have numerous types of fillings. Some classic fillings of croquettes include different meats, fishes, and vegetables—the sky really is the limit. The filling of each croquette depends on the origin of the dish you are enjoying.
When Should You Eat Croquettes
Croquettes are suitable for any and every occasion! The dish is extremely versatile and always a crowd-pleaser. That said, you may even love them so much that you want to keep them all to yourself.
Croquettes are a great dish to serve as an appetizer to guests or as a part of your main meal. Depending on the filling, you can serve croquettes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You could even enjoy them over backyard drinks or Sunday brunch. They are also the perfect way to go the extra mile for the people you love when celebrating something - whether that’s a friendship or a relationship.
The next time you find yourself wanting to pair something with a salad or veggie, try croquettes. This combination gives you a nice contrast when it comes to flavor and texture. Croquettes are a perfect addition to your balanced plate when you pair them with the right foods. The nice thing about croquettes is they allow your other dishes to have more bold flavors.
Croquette fillings are also a fantastic way to use up your leftovers, because reducing your wasted food at home is extremely important. Try making the filling to your croquettes with your leftover fish or vegetables from dinner the night before. This is an amazing way to turn an old dish into something entirely different and new.
If you’re hesitant about using a deep fryer, you can use an air fryer. Air frying your croquettes is a slightly healthier option that’s still delicious. An air fryer gives you that deep-fried taste without using oil to fry. However, there is nothing quite like eating a properly fried croquette.
Where Can You Get Croquettes?
Croquettes are something we hold close to our heart at Porto’s Bakery. Not only are they one of our guest’s favorites, but they’re something that reminds us of the importance of good friends and family.
Our bakery was born out of Rosa Porto’s love for sharing her wonderful and beautiful edible creations with her friends and family, which is why we want to keep sharing those creations with you. We understand entirely how tedious making croquettes at home can be, especially since we all lead such busy, fast-paced lives. These delicious bundles require a lot of preparation and dedication. You might not be able to throw them together when you’re in a time crunch, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of enjoying this tasty dish.
We still want everyone to enjoy croquettes, which is why we are happy to ship croquettes nationwide. Our Porto's Bake at Home offering is a way for us to ensure that everyone can enjoy the sweet smells and flavors of some of our favorite bakes from the comfort of their own homes. No matter how big or small your family is, we are here to lend a hand and make sure that the food you enjoy together is nothing but delicious.
For just a taste, we recommend ordering a small, which is two dozen. Our most popular order size is our medium that comes with three to four dozen croquettes, which is the perfect amount for a hungry family. And if you’re hosting a party, try our large size, which comes with five to six dozen treats.
The great part is that we don’t ship you pre-cooked croquettes. Instead, we send out unbaked, fresh-frozen pastries so that you can bake them fresh in your oven. This way, we can all feel a sense of accomplishment and share our joy. Our pastry chefs work hard to ensure that you don’t have to. This way, you can spend more time enjoying your food than making it. The baking process is always smooth and easy with us, as you can bake things in as little as three steps.
It’s like having a Porto’s Bakery in your home. What more could you ask for when it comes to convenience and great taste? We are pleased to ship our Croqueta de Jamón (Ham Croquette) and Croqueta de Pollo (Chicken Croquette) directly to your front door.
The Porto’s Croquettes
Our ham croquette is a traditional croquette made with bechamel sauce, smoked ham, parsley, and Spanish seasonings. We recommend enjoying this with breakfast, brunch, or lunch. It is a perfect way to start your day, but you could even enjoy this as an afternoon pick me up to give yourself another reason to smile.
Our chicken croquette is also a traditional croquette made with bechamel, chicken, garlic, parsley, and Spanish seasonings. They make the perfect appetizer for a party, but they’re also great if you’re just looking for a little something to enjoy on your own.
Another classic of ours that we can also ship nationwide is our Potato Ball® (Papa Rellena). The Papa Rellena is a Porto’s Bakery classic that all of our guests adore. It is made with our signature potato puree, filled with Rosa’s original picadillo. Picadillo is a Cuban take on ground beef that includes onion, bell pepper, olive, and Spanish seasonings. The best part? The Papa Rellena has that crispy panko crust like croquettes!
Croquettes have traveled far and for a long time to make their way to you. Given the long history of croquettes, they are understandably a part of many cultural traditions, and they come in many forms. Why not make them a part of yours? These crunchy, savory balls of fun are the perfect dish to serve while you make new memories.
Show your friends and family just how much they mean to you, and share this labor of love with them. Although, make things easier on yourself and order croquettes through our Porto's Bake at Home. Enjoy your time with the amazing friends and food you surround yourself with; we’re sure we’ll see you again soon!