Ham & Cheese Croquettes

Ham & Cheese Croquettes

  • Preparation time

    3 hrs
  • Cook time

    15 mins
  • Serves 10

Dietary Information

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Ingredients

  • Butter - 60 g
  • Small onion, finely chopped - 1
  • Leftover ham, finely chopped - 100 g
  • Plain all-purpose flour - 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1 1/4 cup
  • Cheddar cheese, grated - 150 g
  • Smoked paprika - 1 tsp
  • Chopped fresh Italian parsley - 1/4 cup
  • Eggs, beaten lightly - 2
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 2 cups
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Method

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add onion and ham; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in milk. Return to heat; cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute; stir in cheese, paprika and parsley.

  2. Pour mixture into a shallow heatproof dish. Cover, refrigerate for 2 hours or until cold.

  3. Using two dessert spoons, shape tablespoon measures of mixture into quenelle shapes. Dip croquettes in egg, then coat in breadcrumbs. Place croquettes on a tray lined with plastic wrap or baking paper. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. Fill a large saucepan one-third full with oil; heat to 180°C/350°F (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 15 seconds). Deep-fry croquettes, in batches, for 2 minutes or until browned lightly and heated through. Drain on paper towel.

  5. Serve croquettes with a relish.

Tip: Deep-fried food is very hot in the centre; allow the croquettes to stand for a few minutes to cool slightly before serving.

PER SERVE • Energy 1369Kj • Protein 10g • Total Fat 24g • Saturated Fat 9g • Carbohydrates 18g • Sugars 3g • Sodium 448mg

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation