A few years ago while I was studying abroad in Germany I was lucky enough to get to visit Holland, twice! The first time we went to Amsterdam on a school field trip to attend a media-product-type convention. We stayed there for the weekend and had a fantastic (and crazy) time. Then I went again about a month later to visit my cousin Mercia who lives in a suburb of Amsterdam. We went to museums, walked around the beautiful canals and ate a TON of good food. My personal favorite of the many great things we ate there were the croquettes, or "croquetten", which consist of meat, usually mixed with potatoes and seasonings, and then breaded and deep-fried until crispy, when they are then served piping hot with a side of mustard. My Theia Anna, who is originally from Holland, told me to try them while I was there and I am so very happy I did! She loves them too, and she recently got a recipe for them from her nephew, and then sent it on over to me. So of course, I made them immediately afterwards, and am now sharing it here. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do, as they are quite excellent.
1 Whole Chicken, rinsed and with giblets removed and discarded
3 Cups Italian-Style Breadcrumbs
1 (3) Ounce Packet Instant Garlic Mashed Potatoes
4 Eggs, beaten
3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
Several Cups of Oil for frying (I used canola oil)
Put the meat in a large bowl and add the instant mashed potatoes, butter, salt, pepper, cumin, parsley, and worcestershire sauce. Gradually begin stirring in the chicken broth until the mixture is a nice soft dough, but not too crumbly as you don't want to croquettes falling apart while they're being deep-fried.
Flour a flat surface and then roll out the dough into a rectangle so that it is about 2 inches thick. Cut the dough into roughly 2 by 4 inch rectangles. Place the beaten eggs in a medium sized bowl, and place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Begin to heat the oil until it reaches 355 degrees Fahrenheit.