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croquetas de jamÓn • ham croquettes

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Crispy on the outside plus creamy and delicious inside, these are a great starter for any party!

yield 10 piece(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For croquetas de jamÓn • ham croquettes

  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped white onions
  • 1 lg
    clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 c
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1 c
    serrano ham (substitute with regular ham), finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 c
    Panko breadcrumbs, ground
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (I always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 lg
    free-range egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 1/2 c
    canola oil, or as needed for frying

How To Make croquetas de jamÓn • ham croquettes

  • 1
    In a skillet over medium heat, add butter and oil. When it starts sizzling, add onions and sauté for 1 minute. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • 2
    Add flour, stir until the ingredients are coated, and cook for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  • 3
    Pour in half-and-half, and season with paprika, rosemary, oregano, thyme and nutmeg. Stir very well until the texture gets smoother and the sauce thickens.
  • 4
    Add ham and parsley; blend into the mixture.
  • 5
    Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Cool for 10 minutes before covering and transferring to the fridge for 5 hours.
  • 6
    In a shallow dish, add breadcrumbs and season with freshly ground black pepper; mix and set aside.
  • 7
    In another shallow dish, add an egg and beat it before adding milk. Whisk until blended and set aside.
  • 8
    Take a small amount of ham mixture, roll it into a ball and then form a cylinder with it by gently spreading it out between your hands.
  • 9
    When they’re all done, working with one at a time, dredge in the breadcrumb mixture making sure it’s entirely covered, shaking off any excess. Place in the egg mixture and ensure it’s well coated. Return the croquette to the breadcrumbs and evenly coat again.
  • 10
    Transfer to a plate while doing the others.
  • 11
    In a shallow skillet, bring the oil temperature to 375 degrees F.
  • 12
    Working in batches, carefully place croquettes in the oil and fry them until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • 13
    Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Set them aside while doing the others. Makes 10 croquettes.
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