Croquetas de jamón y queso

Holaaa!

I love these croquettes, and so will you; ham and cheese croquettes. These are the most traditional croquettes in Spain. Every time I make them, the flavor reminds me of a Spanish grilled cheese, made with ham & cheese. They are super yummy, and If you think that you would like them, you will love these.

In my blog, you may have seen my posts for mushroom croquettes and chicken croquettes. In these recipes, I have fried them in vegetable oil, which is the traditional preparation method. For those of you who appreciate tradition, by all means, you can fry them and they will be delicious. But for those of you who might prefer a non-frying method, you’re in luck! I baked them!!  And they came out perfect. Yeeha! I wanted to try it because I knew it would be good, and guess what? I was right!

Let’s dig into this quick and easy recipe…

Makes about 20 croquettes.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Rest time: 60-90 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

– 1 small or medium onion

– 1/2 Ib deli ham, sliced thin and cut into 1-square inch pieces (the best quality you can find, or your favorite. Remember it’s the main ingredient of the recipe)

– 3 oz cheddar cheese cut into small pieces (you have substitute a different cheese, just make sure it has a mild flavor)

– 3 Tbsp flour

– 1 Tbsp butter

– 1 cup milk

– pinch of nutmeg

– salt and pepper

– olive oil

– 1 egg

– bread crumbs

-1 cup canola oil for frying the croquettes

– Optional: If you would like to serve it with a delicious sauce, try my tomato jam.

1) Grate the onion, and cook it on medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil and a pitch of salt and pepper. Cook until brown. Set it aside.

2) In a medium pan, melt 1 Tbsp butter. Next, add 3 Tbsp of flour and stir. When it is fully mixed, add the onion, 1 cup of milk and a pinch of nutmeg. Whisk constantly until all ingredients are combined.

3) Add the ham and cheese. Stir constantly until it’s fully incorporated. If it looks a little too dry, add a little more milk.

4) Let it rest for 60 to 90 minutes in the refrigerator. It could be less time, It just needs to be cool.

Croquettes mixture
Croquettes mixture

5) Preheat the oven to 370F.  After the mixture has rested and cooled, shape it into croquettes. Large tater-tot sized, or 2 bites.

6) Prepare the egg mixture.  Whisk one egg. Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate.

In the oven!

– If you want to go the traditional route, fry them! Follow the chicken or mushroom croquettes recipes

7) Cut a piece of parchment paper long enough to cover the baking sheet. Place the croquettes on the parchment paper and bake them for about 10 minutes. To get them a little more brown, broil them for 2 to 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them while you are broiling them!

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8) Serve alone or with your favorite sauce and… eat them!! Bon profit!

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Enjoy them with a little tomato jam

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Croquetas de jamón y queso

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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