Springy Veal Croquettes
Light and delicious Springy Veal Croquettes with just the right amount of lemon flavor. The perfect spring dinner with a refreshing salad.

Springy Veal Croquettes

Spring is here and we’ve partnered again with Daniela’s Dish to bring you the recipe for Springy Veal Croquettes. They are so light and delicious with just the right amount of lemon flavor. They make for the perfect spring dinner along with a refreshing salad. If it’s your first time trying veal, this recipe is a must! It’s also an excellent way to add this nutrient-rich protein to your diet.

If you’re looking for another springtime salad recipe, check out our Mediterranean Grilled Veal Salad!

What is a Croquette?

The word croquette is French, derived from croquer, meaning ‘to crunch’. A croquette is a deep-fried roll consisting of a thick binder combined with a filling, which is then breaded. It is served as a side dish, a snack, or fast food worldwide.

The binder is typically a thick béchamel or brown sauce, mashed potatoes, wheat flour, or wheat bread. The binder may be mixed with or stuffed with a filling. Typical fillings include finely chopped meat, seafood, cheese, rice, mushrooms, and various vegetables, which may be combined with seasonings such as herbs and spices. Sweet croquettes may use a pastry cream binder and be filled with fruit.

Croquettes may also be formed in other shapes, such as disks, ovals, or balls.

Prep Time:
35 Minutes

Cook Time:
20-25 Minutes

Total Time:
55 Minutes



12 slices of white sandwich bread, crusts removed
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 c lemon juice divided
1lb ground veal
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups olive oil for frying
11/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons melted butter


In a large bowl soak the bread in the milk for 30 minutes. Squeeze the the bread as dry as possible and discard the milk and return to the bowl.

Add the eggs, Parmesan and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and mix with a wooden spoon. Gently fold in the veal and season with salt and pepper.

In a large deep skillet heat the olive oil until very hot.

Form the veal into egg shaped croquettes. The mixture will be very soft. Roll them in the flour and place into the hot oil and fry until golden on all sides. Drain on paper towels.

Place the croquettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Drizzle with the melted butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Bake in a 300 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.