Croquetas De Jamon | Cuban Ham Croquettes

Recipe originally shared for Tastemade. Click image above to watch full recipe video.

Recipe originally shared for Tastemade. Click image above to watch full recipe video.

Croquetas De Jamon | Cuban Ham Croquettes

Active Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 2-3 hours Servings: 10-24

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups packaged ham

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced

  • 1 1/3 cups flour, divided

  • 1 cup milk, warmed (plus 1/2 cup if needed)

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 eggs plus 1 tablespoon water, beaten

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • Oil for frying

Method:

In a food processor, blend the ham until fine. Set aside.

In a large pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and cook onions until translucent. Add 1/3 cup flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until a light brown color. Add more butter if needed.

Slowly add the milk until it forms a smooth sauce, constantly whisking. Add the nutmeg, ham and season to taste. Simmer on low heat for 4 to 5 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Once the mixture has chilled, shape into logs about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch thick. (Note: if sauce isn’t thick enough, add 1 cup of breadcrumbs.)

Roll the ham logs in the remaining flour, eggs and then panko breadcrumbs. Fry over medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.