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Asparagus Kroket and Bitterbal

Asparagus Kroket and Bitterbal

Prep: 3 hr 10 min
Cook: 30 min
Total: 3 hr 45 min
Servings: 6

Kroketten and biterballen is a Dutch dish 🇳🇱 of fried rolls or balls of different fillings. This recipe uses an asparagus filling. Served hot as a snack, appetizer, or as a main course, usually served with mustard.

Author Myrthe Veggiemoment
by Myrthe Veggiemoment
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: 8 Kroketten or 32 Bitterballen (6 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Cooking pot or steamer, blender, sauce pan, deep fryer
  • 350 g asparagus
  • 100 g vegan butter or margarine
  • 100 g all-purpose flour
  • small handful of fresh parsley
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) 80 g vegan ham, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1 tsp agar agar
  • more flour for coating
  • 200 ml vegan milk
  • 200 g breadcrumbs
Recipe Directions


  • Peel and cut off the ends of the asparagus. Cut the rest of the asparagus into small pieces. Cook the peels, ends, and asparagus pieces for about 10 minutes in enough water to cover or steam with. You can use a basket to make it easier to separate the peels from the pieces when it's cooked.
  • Save the asparagus cooking water. Discard the asparagus peels. Add the asparagus pieces to a blender and blend.
  • Make a roux by melting the butter or margarine and add the 100 g of flour. Keep stirring with a whisk until it becomes a sandy texture. Add the cooking water bit by bit until it becomes a thick sauce.
  • Add the fresh parsley, nutmeg, salt, the asparagus mixture, and (optionally) the vegan ham pieces. Bring the sauce to a boil and add the agar agar. Keep stirring for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let this sit in the refridgerator for at least 3 hours for it to become cold and stiffen.
  • Take the mixture out of the fridge when ready. Preheat your fryer. Start making the shaping you want. For a kroket, make large roll shapes. For bitterbal, make balls.
  • Put the coating flour, milk, and breadcrumbs in different bowls. Coat all sides of your kroket/bitterbal. First you put the mixture into the flour, then milk, then flour again, then milk again, and end with a coating of breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the kroketten or bitterballen until golden crispy. Place on paper towels to dry.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with some fries or on a sandwich with some mustard!
Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: 8 Kroketten or 32 Bitterballen
Servings: 6
Information per serving:
Energy: 526.4 kcal
Carbohydrate: 46.5 g
Protein: 8.6 g
Fiber: 3.2 g
Sugar: 2.6 g
Fat: 34.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 15.4 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 9.6 g
Omega-3: 0.5 g
Omega-6: 6.6 g
Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
Trans Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 19.3 mg 5% DV
Folate: 98.4 µg 25% DV
A: 45.2 IU 6% DV
B1: 0.1 mg 12% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 9% DV
B3: 1 mg 7% DV
B5: 0.3 mg 5% DV
B6: 0.1 mg 5% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 9.5 mg 13% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 6.5 mg 43% DV
K: 91.2 µg 101% DV
Calcium: 78.8 mg 8% DV
Copper: 0.2 mg 17% DV
Iron: 1.2 mg 6% DV
Magnesium: 20.4 mg 6% DV
Manganese: 0.3 mg 16% DV
Phosphorus: 64.6 mg 9% DV
Potassium: 200.4 mg 4% DV
Selenium: 18.3 µg 33% DV
Sodium: 591.8 mg 39% DV
Zinc: 0.6 mg 7% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

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Vegan Bitterballen

vegan bitterballen served with mustard and french fries

How to serve these? Serve them fresh while hot. In the Netherlands they are eaten as snack, appetizer, or as the main course with french fries and apple sauce. Or serve them the old-fashioned way, as a first course. The usual accompaniment to bitterballen and kroketten is mustard and garnished with fresh parsley.

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