Ham and Potato Croquettes -- Croquetas de Jamon y Queso

Ham potato croquettes
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  • 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 10 croquettes (10 servings)
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If you have leftover mashed potatoes, they make this these tasty ham and cheese croquettes a bit easier. If not, you'll need to make mashed potatoes as part of the preparation, as included in this recipe. 

Small versions of these "croquetas de jamon" are popular as tapas (Spanish-style appetizers), but you can make slightly larger ones and serve them as a main course, a variation on papa rellena. Leave out the ham and add extra cheese for a delicious vegetarian entree.

What You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 pounds potatoes (yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated, or Monterey Jack cheese)
  • 3/4 cup cooked ham (diced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs, or regular)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons parsley (minced, fresh or dried)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and simmer potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Remove from the heat and drain in a colander.
  5. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.
  6. Add the cream and butter to the potatoes and mash well.
  7. Place them through a potato ricer to remove lumps or mix them with a hand mixer or a standing mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth.
  1. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, egg yolks and the grated cheese.
  3. Place the potato mixture in the refrigerator and thoroughly chill.
  4. Once the potato mixture is well-chilled, shape the croquettes: Place about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand. Flatten it slightly and place several pieces of the diced cooked ham inside. Fold the potatoes over the ham to enclose it completely, then shape the potatoes into an oblong croquette. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.
  5. Place 2 eggs in a shallow bowl, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk and whisk with a fork.
  6. Place the breadcrumbs, flour and parsley in another shallow bowl and season mixture with salt and pepper.
  7. Dip the croquettes into the egg mixture, letting any excess drip off, then dredge croquettes in the flour/breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining croquettes.
  8. Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a heavy sautee pan with tall sides or use a deep fryer to about 350 F.
  9. Carefully fry the croquettes in batches until they are dark golden brown on all sides.
  10. Remove croquettes from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
  11. To keep the croquettes warm until ready to serve or to reheat them, place them on a baking sheet in a 300 F oven.