Mince & Sweet Potato Croquettes for dinner, leftovers for lunch


My girls, bless them, have been so good about trying out all my experiments and I’ve really been trying to stick to the one meal for the whole family but every now and then they just want “kid food”!  Wednesday nights are our kids “eat with the neighbours night” – we take it in turns to cook for our 5 kids and any others who are usually roaming around.  Last night was my turn and I tried out these Mince & Sweet Potato Croquettes on them.  They went down very well!  My little friend, the 16 month old, especially loved them!  Our Miss Fussy 5 who doesn’t eat mash or sweet potatoes wolfed them down too – I told her the orange was carrot and she didn’t question it!  I set some aside for the lunch boxes today too.

If you read my last post about the Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies you will know that I have rediscovered an old favourite cookbook “Apples for Jam” by Tessa Kiros this is a recipe from there I just changed regular potatoes to sweet potatoes.  You could hide all sorts of extra veggies in them if you needed to.  While this was a “Kids Only” meal the adults had to taste test and they are yummy!  (keep going down for the printable recipe)

Great for kids party food too if you are wanting something a bit more substantial.

Recipe makes about 35 croquettes.  Can be served warm or at room temperature (like in the lunch boxes today)!

Lunch box idea: croquettes & tomato sauce (I did put a lid on it), fruit & veggies and a slice of a very pale looking but yummy tasting Coconut Loaf!


The croquettes can be frozen for about a month.

The assembling process….


The recipe!

Mince & Sweet Potato Croquettes


  • 600 g (about 4) potatoes or like I did 2 sweet potatoes
  • 500 g minced beef (the leanest as possible)
  • 50 g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 100 g (about 1 C) breadcrumbs (I just blitzed some gluten free bread)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil (for drizzling)


  1. Boil up some water for the potatoes / sweet potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes until soft and mashable. Drain them and then mash, let them cool while you get everything else ready
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with baking paper and drizzle some oil onto it spreading it across all the paper
  3. Add the mince, parmesan, egg and salt and mix everything together with the potatoes
  4. Put the breadcrumbs on a plate
  5. Scoop out tablespoon sized bits of the mix and roll into balls or sausage shapes and then roll in the breadcrumbs so they are coated. Place on the prepared baking tray.
  6. Repeat until all the mixture is used up, packing the croquettes in fairly tightly. Drizzle some more oil over the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the undersides are golden and then turn and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the new undersides are also golden and a little crispy (but not dried out!)
  8. Serve with veggies of your choice


What is your kids favourite food?  Do you think they will eat these?


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4 comments on “Mince & Sweet Potato Croquettes for dinner, leftovers for lunch

  1. Rebecca murray
    September 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Made these with turkey mince found in the freezer and miss 6 declared them “fabulous”.

    • Vicki
      September 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Well she is fabulous too!

  2. Kim @ Land of Zonkt
    July 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I don’t care if the kids eat these, I know I would devour them! OH MY how delicious!!!!

    • Vicki
      July 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      They are good ones lovely!

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