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Dutch Deep Frier
Croquetten are just one of many traditional Dutch deep fried dishes.
The ragout-filled dish was regarded as a French cuisine delicacy, first described in a recipe from 1691 by the chef of the French king Louis XIV and utilising ingredients such as truffles, sweetbread and cream cheese. From the 1800s onwards, it became a way to use up leftover stewed meat. After World War II, several suppliers started mass-producing croquettes filled with beef. The croquette subsequently became even more popular as a fast food; meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs which is subsequently deep-fried. Its success as a fast food garnered its reputation as a cheap dish of dubious quality, to such an extent that Dutch tongue in cheek urban myths relate its “allegedly mysterious content” to offal and butchering waste. The kroket is even so popular that a disk-shaped version on a bun is sold at McDonald’s. Research in 2008 showed that 350 million kroketten are eaten in the Netherlands. It is estimated that 75% of all Dutch people will eat them, resulting in 29 kroketten per person per year on average. The major consumers are between 35 and 49 years old.