Easy cheesy Checkers snack

By Drum Digital
07 April 2014

As children get older their tastes change – with food as with most things in life. However these delectably cheesy bitterballen made with the wide range of cheeses available from Checkers will appeal to kids of all ages.

Makes 30.


45 ml (3 T) butter

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

300 g cooked ham, finely chopped

salt to taste

5 ml (1 t) black pepper

2,5 ml (½ t) nutmeg

15 ml (1 T) parsley, finely chopped

120 g flour

600 ml milk

180 g Erik’s Gouda, cut into little cubes

2 eggs, beaten (for coating)

breadcrumbs, seasoned with salt and pepper (for coating)


  1. Heat butter in a large pot. Add the onion and cook until golden brown, then add the garlic.
  2. Add the ham and allow to brown slightly before adding the salt, pepper, nutmeg and parsley.
  3. Stir in the flour so it forms a roux. Add milk in a little stream while whisking continuously.
  4. Continue stirring until all the ingredients are combined and the consistency of the mixture is nice and thick. Set the mixture aside to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, roll the mixture into balls and place a cube of cheese in the centre of each one, making sure there are no gaps where the cheese can run out.
  6. Put the balls into the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
  7. Prepare 2 shallow bowls, one with the beaten eggs and the other with the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  8. Dip the bitterballen into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs.
  9. Place on a plate, cool in the fridge for another 30 minutes and then fry in oil until golden brown.
  10. Serve hot with mustard.

-Recipe by Fairview

T=tablespoon, t=teaspoon, c=cup

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