Croquetas de Papas y Jamon (Potato and Ham Croquettes)
A Cuban snack or appetizer, Croquetas de Papas y Jamon are breaded and fried croquettes with mashed potato, minced ham, and spices. They fit into the well-loved “soft on the inside and crispy on the outside” category- so give them a try!
FOR THE CROQUETAS
- 4 tbsp. Butter
- 1/2 cup Onion, finely minced
- 1/3 cup Flour
- 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk, room temperature
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. Dry Sherry
- 1 tbsp. Parsley, finely chopped
- 2 cups Smoked Ham, ground
- 2 cups prepared Mashed Potatoes
- 1/2 tsp. Salt, more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper, more or less to taste
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil for frying
FOR THE COATING
- 2 Eggs, beaten with 1 tbsp. Water
- 1 cup Dry Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent.
- Whisk in the sherry, nutmeg, and parsley. Stir in the ground ham. Reduce the burner to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add the mashed potatoes, and stir well. Taste and season with pepper and a little salt if necessary (because of the ham it may already be salty enough). Spoon the mixture into a baking dish and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
- Shape the ham/potato mixture into logs about 3/4″ thick and 3″ long. If the mixture is not firm enough, add some bread crumbs.
- Make the coating by combining the bread crumbs, flour, salt, and pepper. Dip the logs in the egg wash, roll in the bread crumb mixture, and repeat a second time. They should be completely coated.
- Place the logs in a lightly greased baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
- In a large frying pan, add enough vegetable oil so that the croquetas will only be halfway covered, not fully submerged in oil. Heat the oil to about 360 to 375 degrees F.
- Sauté a few croquetas at a time in the hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes each, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
- Once coated in the egg-wash and breadcrumbs, these can be frozen. Whenever you want croquetas they’ll be ready to just fry and serve!