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ham croquettes

The croquette originated in France and there are many variations.

 

Our favorite, the ham croquette, comes from Spain and is a culinary tradition that evolved from the country’s frugal past.

 

Ham croquettes are a tasty little bundle of ground ham and white sauce, rolled in bread crumbs and fried to a golden brown.

 

These bite sized delights can be served as an appetizer or main dish or at your Mother’s Day brunch.

How to make Ham Croquettes

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What you are creating:

Crispy ham croquettes made from ground ham and white sauce. Serve with creamed pea sauce.

Ingredients:

Thick White Sauce:

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Dash of pepper

  • 1 cup milk (whole, low fat or skim)

 

Filling

  • 2 cups ham, ground or coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped and sautéed sweet yellow onion

 

Coating

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ¾ cup dry bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in sauce pan on low heat.

  2. Blend in flour, salt and pepper.

  3. Cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly.

  4. Remove from heat.

  5. Stir in milk.

  6. Place on burner over medium heat and cook to boiling, stirring constantly.

  7. Boil for 1 minute.

  8. Remove from heat.

  9. Stir in ham and sautéed sweet onion.

  10. Spread the mixture in an ungreased pan.

  11. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours. For best results, refrigerate overnight.

  12. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape into balls.

  13. Beat the egg and water until blended.

  14. Dip each croquette in the egg mixture and then roll in breadcrumbs.

  15. Cover and chill croquettes for at least two hours.

  16. Using a deep fat fryer or kettle, heat 3 to 4 inches of cooking oil to 365 degrees.

  17. Fry each croquette 1-2 minutes, until light brown.

  18. Drain and keep croquettes warm in 350 degree oven until ready to serve.

  19. Spoon hot peas in cream sauce over croquettes.

Makes Approx: 2 Dozen 3-5" Cookies

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