Not too long ago, friends came over for a Spanish themed dinner I prepared. When creating dinner menus, especially for guests, I like thinking about restaurant menus and what I’d order. For Spanish tapas, a must-order dish are croquettes. The most popular ones I’ve seen at restaurants are like these Ham & Cheese Croquettes. I came across a recipe and it worked like a charm. These crunchy coated pillows were filled with a creamy ham and cheese middle. The contrast in texture definitely makes it more enticing….
recipe adapted from AllRecipes
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, chives, and garlic; cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl. Stir in ham, Cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs.
Beat 3 eggs; stir into ham mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using your hands, make golf ball-size balls out of the ham mixture.
Spread remaining bread crumbs onto a plate. In a large bowl, beat 1 egg; stir in water. Dip balls into egg mixture, and roll in bread crumbs. Place on a platter in a single layer, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place croquettes in hot oil being careful not to crowd, frying in batches. Fry until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to soak up grease.