- a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.
Origin of croquette
1700–10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette
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Examples from the Web for croquette
This is a man who loves his vegetables more than any croquette or jamón ibérico.Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer
March 19, 2014
The croquettes I remember are different than any other croquette.The Woman Who Gives Emeril a Run for His Money
September 1, 2009
Fold the sides of the leaf over and roll into croquette shape.The Laurel Health Cookery
Evora Bucknum Perkins
The crust should be crisp, and the center creamy, the same as a croquette.The Century Cook Book
Form into croquette balls; dip in beaten egg and bread crumbs.Stevenson Memorial Cook Book
The difference between a croquette and a cutlet is just in the shape.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book
Mary A. Wilson
Croquette, krok-et′, n. a ball of minced meat or fish, seasoned and fried.
- a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs
C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for croquette
1706, from French croquette (17c.), from croquer "to crunch" (imitative) + diminutive suffix -ette.
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