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Ham Croquettes

15 mins

2 Dozen

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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.

Our crispy ham croquettes are made from ground ham and white sauce. These bite sized delights can be served as an appetizer or main dish any day of the week!

Recipe Ingredients:

Thick White Sauce:

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Dash of pepper

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


  • 2 cups ham, ground or coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped and sautéed sweet yellow onion


  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ¾ cup dry bread crumbs

Recipe 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.

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A note about ingredients used in our recipes:

When creating our recipes we use the following unless otherwise noted in the recipe:

  • Eggs = Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour = Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour or Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour Organic

  • Bread Flour = Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour or Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour Organic

  • Whole Wheat Flour = 100% Whole Grain King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

  • Pastry Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour 

  • Almond Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour 

  • Tapioca Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch)

  • Sour Cream = Full Fat Sour Cream

  • Yogurt = Full Fat Yogurt

  • Milk = As indicated or if Milk is just listed you may use 1%, 2% or Whole Milk

  • Butter = Unsalted Sweet Cream butter unless otherwise noted


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