Crispy, bite-size logs of smooth ground ham coated in breadcrumbs. Ham Croquettes (or Croquetas de Jamón) are the perfect breakfast or snack!
To know me is to understand me and to understand me is to know that the perfect breakfast, in my eyes, is 2 ham croquetas.
Well, maybe some cafecito. And Cuban toast. But yeah…croquetas. Ham croquetas. Sigh.
You can have your bacon, eggs, toast, pancakes, and waffles.
I’ll happily enjoy my croquetas de jamón all day everyday!
I mean they inspired the name of this blog for goodness sake. They are ME! Croquetas are me. Bite-size, a ham, a little sassy, addicting, ok I’ll stop now.
Cuban breakfast will forever be my favorite. Not something I can have everyday but my favorite nonetheless.
From goat cheese to risotto to black bean to chicken, I’ve tried all types of croquettes. Some round, some in log form, all delicious. I even tried croquettes when I went to Amsterdam years ago! The Dutch version of a croquette is called kroket.
While I have no complaints about any of these croquettes, there’s a special place in my heart for ham.
These croquetas remind me of home. They remind me of my childhood. Growing up in a Cuban family, you’re pretty much eating croquetas de jamón since birth.
Living in Miami gives you the advantage of being able to enjoy croquetas at any time of day. There are Cuban bakeries on practically every corner!
And that my friends is dangerous AF.
The fact that I can have unlimited amounts of these whenever I’d like requires high levels of restraint.
I couldn’t imagine living in a city where there were no pastelitos (Cuban pastries) or croquetas de jamón at driving distance. On a scale from 1 to 10, my homesickness would be at 24.
Thankfully, I’d have this recipe to save the day!
This recipe is from an old Cuban cookbook called, Cocina Al Minuto. A classic for sure. Ham croquettes are definitely not hard to make but do require certain steps to make them perfectly. They are what we call, a labor of love. Make sure to follow every step carefully.
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I hope you make it and you LOVE it!
Ham Croquettes (Croquetas de Jamón)
- 4 tablespoons butter room temperature
- 1 tablespoon onion chopped finely
- 1 cup milk room temperature
- 1/2 cup flour divided
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon dry cooking wine
- 1 pound ground ham
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- vegetable oil
- Melt butter in a saucepan and sauté with onion on medium-low heat.
- Slowly, whisk in milk, 1/3 cup of flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Constantly stir until a thick sauce forms.
- Add the cooking wine and ground ham to the sauce. Mix it all together slowly. Let it simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Let the filling 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.
- Remove filling from refrigerator. Spoon approx. 1 tablespoon of the mixture and form a log 3 inch long and about 3/4 thick. Repeat until you have all the croquettes done.
- In a bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. In another bowl, mix the remaining flour and bread crumbs.
- Dip each croquette in egg and then cover in bread crumbs. Let them rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before frying.
- In a large frying pan, add enough vegetable oil to cover the croquettes completely. Make sure the oil is at 375 degrees F. Fry each one until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Enjoy!