My grandma used to make ham croquettes with the left over Holiday ham for my Uncle Gary. His birthday is the day after Christmas and croquettes were his favorite.
If you've never made ham croquettes, you have been missing out on a tasty little bundle of ground ham and white sauce rolled in bread crumbs, and fried to a golden brown.. Yum!
Let's get busy and create this delicious dish!
What you will need for the filling:
Thick white sauce
2 cups ham, ground or coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped and sautéed sweet yellow onion
2 tablespoons water
¾ cup dry bread crumbs
Combine the white sauce with the ham and sautéed sweet yellow onion.
Spread the mixture in an ungreased pan.
Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours. For best results, refrigerate overnight.
Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape into balls.
Beat the egg and add the water.
Dip each croquette in the egg mixture and then roll in breadcrumbs.
Cover and chill croquettes for at least two hours.
Using a deep fat fryer or kettle, heat 3 to 4 inches of cooking oil to 365 degrees.
Fry each croquette 1-2 minutes, until light brown.
For complete directions and side dish ideas, go to the Ham Croquette recipe page.
Split Pea Soup
Another of my grandma's favorites for ham leftovers was split pea soup. Mom made some variations to her recipe by adding nice chunks of veggie to the mix.
For the complete recipe and directions, go to the Split Pea Soup recipe page.