Ham and Potato Croquettes -- Croquetas de Jamon y Queso

Ham and Potato Croquettes -- Croquetas de Jamon y Queso

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Prep: 2 hrs
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
9g Fat
37g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 545mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 604mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

  • 3/4 cup cooked ham, diced

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons water or milk

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons parsley, minced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ham and Potato Croquettes -- Croquetas de Jamon y Queso ingredients

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  2. Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large pot and cover with cold water.

    potatoes in a pot with water

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  3. Bring water to a boil, then cover and simmer potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork.

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  4. Remove from heat and drain in a colander.

    potatoes in a colander

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  5. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel potatoes and place in a large bowl.

    peeled potatoes in a bowl

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  6. Add cream and butter to potatoes and mash well.

    mashed potatoes in a bowl

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  7. Place through a potato ricer to remove lumps, or mix with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with paddle attachment until smooth.

    riced potatoes in a bowl

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  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in Parmesan, egg yolks, and grated cheese. Place potato mixture in refrigerator and thoroughly chill.

    Parmesan, egg yolks, and grated cheese added to the potato mixture in the bowl

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  9. Place about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture in palm of hand. Flatten it slightly and place several pieces of diced cooked ham inside.

    diced ham on top of the potato mixture

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  10. Fold potatoes over ham to enclose it completely, then shape potatoes into an oblong croquette. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.

    potato mixture wrapped around the chopped ham

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  11. Place 2 eggs in a shallow bowl, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk, and whisk with a fork.

    egg mixture in a bowl

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  12. Place breadcrumbs, flour, and parsley in another shallow bowl and season mixture with salt and pepper.

    breadcrumbs, flour, and parsley in a bowl

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  13. Dip croquettes into egg mixture, letting any excess drip off, then dredge croquettes in flour/breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining croquettes.

    potato croquettes dipped into the egg mixture and breadcrumb mixture

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  14. Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a heavy saute pan with tall sides or use a deep fryer to about 350 F.

    oil in a pot, thermometer

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  15. Carefully fry croquettes in batches until dark golden brown on all sides.

    croquettes frying in a pot with oil

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  16. Remove croquettes from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. To keep croquettes warm until ready to serve or to reheat them, place on a baking sheet in a 300 F oven.

    Ham and Potato Croquettes -- Croquetas de Jamon y Queso on a cooling rack

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