Ham Croquettes

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No Spanish tapas table would be complete without some form of crispy croquettes.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup celery, minced
  • ¼ cup green onion, minced
  • ½ tsp. mustard, prepared
  • 2 eggs, divided use
  • 1½ cup ham, cooked and minced
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine butter and flour. Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth and bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add black pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine parsley, celery, green onion, mustard, 1 egg, and ham. Toss until blended. Stir ham mixture into thickened white sauce. Pour mixture into a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes, or until mixture can be shaped.
  • Whisk together remaining egg with a small amount of water. Pour bread crumbs onto a plate. With a small spoon, scoop up ham mixture and shape into 2-inch oblong shapes. Gently dip into egg, then coat with bread crumbs. Set aside on a platter and continue forming croquettes. Mixture should yield 32–36 croquettes.
  • Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan. When oil is hot, slip croquettes in. Turn frequently and cook until browned on all sides. Drain on paper towel and keep warm until ready to serve.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup celery, minced
  • ¼ cup green onion, minced
  • ½ tsp. mustard, prepared
  • 2 eggs, divided use
  • 1½ cup ham, cooked and minced
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine butter and flour. Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth and bubbly. Slowly whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add black pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine parsley, celery, green onion, mustard, 1 egg, and ham. Toss until blended. Stir ham mixture into thickened white sauce. Pour mixture into a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes, or until mixture can be shaped.
  • Whisk together remaining egg with a small amount of water. Pour bread crumbs onto a plate. With a small spoon, scoop up ham mixture and shape into 2-inch oblong shapes. Gently dip into egg, then coat with bread crumbs. Set aside on a platter and continue forming croquettes. Mixture should yield 32–36 croquettes.
  • Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan. When oil is hot, slip croquettes in. Turn frequently and cook until browned on all sides. Drain on paper towel and keep warm until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories340
Total Fat24g
Saturated Fat6g
Cholesterol90mg
Sodium140mg
Total Carbohydrate15g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars3g
Protein13g