Serrano Ham Croquettes
- Preparation and cooking time
- Total time
- Plus 30 mins cooling time
- Serves 6
This tapas and pincho mainstay, (crocettas de jamon), is great fun to make and has been a huge success every time I've cooked them for friends. They consist of serrano ham mixed with seasoned mashed potato encased in crispy breadcrumbs and are great as party food and as a highlight of any tapas night.
- 6 medium sized White or Desiree potatos
3-4 Slices of Serrano Ham or the best ham of this sort that you can afford
- 1 Clove of Garlic crushed under the blade of your knife then finely chopped
- Spot of milk
- a glug of good Olive Oil
- a Teaspoon of Parsley
- a pinch of Basil
- 200g of Breadcrumbs (fresh or bought)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 Eggs
- Good knob of butter
- STEP 1Boil your potatos until tender and ready to mash. about 15-18 minutes then mash. Once You're happy there are no lumps beat the butter into the mashed potato with a wooden spoon or a sturdy metal whisk then do the same with a small splash of milk, season well and stir thoroughly again. Allow to cool for half an hour.
- STEP 2Meanwhile chop your ham finely and Fry with the garlic for around 5 mins in the olive oli on a medium heat then stir into your mash along with salt and pepper, the chopped parsley and basil.
- STEP 3Once cooled beat the eggs in a dessert bowl and spread a dinner plate with the breadcrumbs. Form a croquette, which should be a sausage shape about the length of your little finger and a good inch in diameter. Dip this in the egg and roll it around in the breadcrumbs to coat evenly then transfer to a good sized, buttered or non-stick baking tray. Repeat this step until you run out of potato. Don't be afraid to use another egg or some more crumbs if you feel you're getting too low.
- STEP 4Put your croquettes in the fridge to set for a further minimum 30mins. This step is vital if you don't want them to break up when cooking. Heat your oven to 200 degrees C.
- STEP 5Traditionally these croquettes are fried in olive oil over a medium heat until golden all over and hot through. Feel free to do this but I prefer to bake in the oven for 20-25mins turn once or twice during cooking to ensure an even colour.