These crispy Ham Croquettes are little logs of seasoned minced ham. They are Cuba’s national appetizers but their exquisite flavors are sure to please everyone! Croquettes are easy to prepare, but shaping them does require some time. Fortunately, they can be shaped a day ahead, covered, and refrigerated before frying. For the best flavor, use a good-quality smoked or baked ham and ask your butcher to grind it for you.
- 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/2 of small onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
- 12 ozs. smoked or baked ham, ground (2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 large eggs, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 1 1/2 cups fine plain bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
- 1 fresh lime, cut into wedges
MELT butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook until soft. Add flour and mix with wire whisk. Gradually add evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes just to a boil and is thick and creamy. Add ham, parsley, sherry, black pepper and nutmeg; mix well. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on low heat. Taste; season with additional salt if desired.
POUR ham mixture into 8-inch-square baking pan. Cool in refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes so that it will be easy to handle.
BEAT eggs with water in a small mixing bowl until frothy. Combine bread crumbs and flour and place in a second bowl or plate. Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of ham mixture from chilled pan, or divide mixture in pan by cutting it into thirds crosswise and in eights lengthwise. Shape into logs 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4-inch wide. Dip croquettes into eggs and roll in crumb mixture until evenly coated. Place croquettes on large jelly roll pan or baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
HEAT oil in a deep fryer to 350° F. Fry croquettes for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place on serving platter. Squeeze lime wedges over croquettes and serve with extra wedges. Serve hot.
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I LOVE Croquettes! They are rich and a bit filling so you only need to eat 1 or 2 of them but soooo delicious!
A Most Popular side dish ever!
This is a dish as yummy as it looks. It is the most popular side dish I have ever served. My dinner guests keep asking for more!
It is an easy and well liked appetizer.
Just like Miami.
Living in Miami many years, I became accustomed to finding these delectable morsels on every street corner. However, here in southern California, they are scarce. But, this recipe was a jewel that brought back many good memories. I loved it.
They are excelent!
I make a white sauce and add a can of peas to it and serve with mashed potatoes.
My Mom made croquettes since I was a little girl, I loved her's and now I have found a new and quite different way to make them. I love this recipe! I really like the addition of the lime juice sprinkled over the croquette. Awesome!
I really like this recipe because not only can you substitute different meats in it, but you can make them fairly large for dinner or smaller for appetizers. In addition to making them with ground ham I have also made them using fresh ground pork, finely chopped shrimp and ground chicken and they are all delicious.
these are both easy a tasty. they can be used for any kind of meal and they are also great for appitizers.
This recipe easily modifies, I don't like ham so I made them with crab meat instead and they were so easy and good!
Exellent for small or large get togethers! Very tasty and not too heavy. Does not take long to make. My day care children also enjoy them for any time snack.