Cheddar & Tuna Croquettes

Simple, real, delicious food

foodoppi tuna and cheddar balls

I have been making these on a regular basis for a few weeks now.  For Emilia they are the perfect weaning finger food. She is 11 months old and loves them. By now I am sure you know my philosophies about food, but just in case  –  my top two priorities are wholesome, real & nutritious combined with ultimate flavour.

These croquette balls are exactly that, full of natural, real, simple ingredients and jammed back with that umami flavour I keep talking about on the Six O Clock Show!!

I try to bake everything in the oven and I have tried with these but I gave up. This is like a “one time only” special for me –  for the best results they have to be deep fried ( or air-fried ). Baking them doesn’t get the perfect texture.

Emilia adores them as dinner, lunch or a little snack. The flavour is delicious as there is so much umami ( deep savoury yumminess ) coming from the tuna and the cheese. Double whammy! Genius.

They also double up great as a little garden party nibble – just FYI .

With fun & deliciousness,


What You'll Need

1 tin tuna in brine , drained 

3 large potatoes 

50g grated cheddar 

50 grated parmesan 


100g wholemeal breadcrumbs 

2 eggs 


saucepan & lid / steamer

larger bowl

tin opener




deep fat fryer

How to Do It

Let's Go

  1. 1Peel and boil the potatoes. Drain and mash.
  2. 2Open and drain the tin of tuna - empty it into a large bowl with the potatoes.
  3. 3Stir in the grated cheese and seasoning. Mix well.
  4. 4Crack the eggs into a flat bowl Whisk lightly.
  5. 5Pour the breadcrumbs into a large plate plate.
  6. 6Roll the tuna, cheddar and potato mix into balls. Dip in the egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
  7. 7Deepfry for 2 mins.
  8. 8Drain well on kitchen paper. Allow to chill and then freeze until needed.
    Reheat by baking in the oven and save with lemon & parsley mayonnaise.
    A little Marie rose ( or pink sauce - ketchup & mayo mixed ) goes down a treat for the smaller ones.

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