Cuban Ham Croquettes No ratings yet.


medium prep time 10 mins | cook time 20 mins | SERVINGS 10

Ingredients

    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
    1 cup whole milk
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon
    1 pound ground ham
    2 large eggs
    1 cup bread crumbs
    for frying

     

Directions

  • STEP ONE
    In a saucepan, melt butter at medium-low heat. Add
    onion and cook for 1 minute.

  • STEP TWO
    Slowly whisk in milk, 1/3 cup of flour, nutmeg, salt and
    pepper. Continue to whisk until it becomes a thick
    sauce (a roux).

  • STEP THREE
    Add in the cooking wine and ground ham to the
    sauce. Mix together slowly until all is combined.
    Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  • STEP FOUR
    Transfer the filling to a bowl. Let it rest at room
    temperature then refrigerate for 2 hours. The mixture
    has to harden in order to form into logs and coat
    evenly. If this step is skipped, it will be very hard to
    form logs, coat with breading, and fry. This is an
    important step. Don’t skip it.

  • STEP FIVE
    After 2 hours, remove the filling from the refrigerator.
    Form logs from the mixture that are approximately
    3” long and 1” wide. Repeat until you have all the
    croquettes done. Set aside.

  • STEP SIX
    In a bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. In another bowl,
    mix the remaining flour and bread crumbs.

  • STEP SEVEN
    Dip each croquette in the egg wash and then coat in
    bread crumbs. Let the croquettes rest at room
    temperature for 5 minutes before frying.

  • STEP EIGHT
    In a large pot or pan, heat enough vegetable oil to
    cover the croquettes completely. Fry each croquette
    until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.

  • STEP NINE
    Remove croquette from oil and drain on paper towel
    lined plates. Serve with saltines and lime wedges.
    Enjoy!