How to prepare ham croquettes?

Croquettes are one of the traditional dishes of Spanish gastronomy. With ham, stew, chicken, and even seafood, croquettes are a typical dish everyone likes. They are straightforward to prepare, and you can freeze them to eat them whenever you want.

What are ham croquettes?

 

Croquettes, invented in France, are a dish characterized by tiny balls of dough made with bechamel sauce and filled with various ingredients. In this case, with delicious ham. The croquettes are coated with egg and breadcrumbs before being fried in a frying pan or deep fryer with plenty of oil.
The quality of the bread and the cooking time allow the croquettes to acquire a golden color on the outside, but they are also very crunchy. This dish is usually served as a starter, but it is also perfect if you want a varied menu; omelet, salmorejo, and monkfish salpicón are just some of the dishes that can accompany a varied menu, including ham croquettes.

Ham croquettes recipe

Ingredients for four people

 

  • 200 grams of onion.
  • 150 grams of Serrano ham.
  • Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 750 milliliters of milk.
  • 200 grams of flour.
  • 100 grams of butter.
  • 250 grams of bread crumbs.
  • Coarse cooking salt.

 

Elaboration

  • The first thing to do is to peel and finely chop the onion.
  • Place in a saucepan on the heat with the butter.
  • Add the extra virgin olive oil and the onion when the butter has melted.
  • Add a pinch of salt.
  • When the onion starts poaching, it is time to add the finely chopped serrano ham. Once the ham begins to take color, pour all the flour.
  • You will have to stir all the time while adding the flour.
  • Lower the heat to the minimum.
  • Once the flour is perfectly integrated with the mixture, it is time to pour the milk, little by little.
  • Use the electric mixer to do this step so that all the ingredients are well blended.
  • Season with a bit of salt.
  • Once the croquette mixture has a more consistent texture, it is time to turn off the heat.
  • It would help if you let the dough cool before working with it.
  • Once the dough is cold, it is time to "bag" the croquettes. This step involves taking a small amount of the dough and shaping it with your hands. You will have to work on them to be more or less the same size and shape (circular or oval).
  • Once all the croquettes have been formed, it is time to dip them in the breadcrumbs and leave them ready to fry.
  • You can freeze the croquettes for later consumption or fry them directly at this step.
  • If you are going to fry them, it is time to heat plenty of extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is boiling, add the croquettes until golden brown. It is essential to place only some of the croquettes at once but to do them little by little.
  • Once the croquettes are ready, it is time to remove them from the heat and place them on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.

 

Finally, you can use a frying pan to prepare the croquettes, but you can also use a particular fryer to make them. It is also a straightforward way to prepare them!

As for the oil, olive oil is a good alternative, but sunflower oil can also be your best ally when preparing fried foods such as ham croquettes. Remember to place them in the pan a little at a time - you want to make only some of the croquettes simultaneously, or they might break or not be well done!

 

What to serve with ham croquettes?

 

Ham croquettes are delicious, and everyone will love them; they are a recipe that triumphs wherever you go! For example, ham croquettes are served as a first course or as a starter and accompanied by a green salad.
If you are preparing a buffet-style lunch or dinner at home, there is nothing like serving several dishes that will delight your guests. Serve the croquettes and place them over some green salad leaves; you can also help other traditional dishes of Spanish gastronomy, such as tortilla or battered squid.
Although they are usually eaten alone, without sauce or dressing, many people love to dip them in mayonnaise or ketchup. It all depends on each person! Finally, you can prepare ham croquettes and a wide variety of fillings that will delight everyone. For example, jerky croquettes are delicious, but also crab, chicken, and even squid croquettes.

 

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