Ham Croquetas

Ingredients

2 ounces (60 g) diced ham (and I'm talking about the good stuff here like jamón serrano or pr
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, flour and bread crumbs to roll the croquetas in bef

Preparation

1
Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil and over medium-low heat, slowly saute the onions until they are completely soft and golden brown (at least 20 mins)
2
Add the ham and continue to saute for a few minutes more (the longer you saute the ham, the stronger the ham flavor will be).
3
Turn the heat down to very low and add the flour and incorporate it well into the ham and onions. Saute for a 6-7 minutes to make sure the flour is well cooked
4
Add cold milk (in two parts), stirring well to blend.
5
While continually stirring, cook 3-4 minutes more.
6
Add nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste (beware that you may not even need salt because of the saltiness of the ham).
7
Remove from heat and spread the batter on a plate. Cover with plastic and refridgerate until well chilled.
8
Beat egg and put in a bowl. On one plate put a small pile of flour and on another plate put a small pile of bread crumbs.
9
Remove batter form fridge. Roll into ping pong sized balls and dip in flour, egg and bread crumbs (in that order).
10
Heat vegetable or olive oil in a saucepan (remember that you need to have enough oil so that the croquetas can be completely submerged).
11
Drop in balls of batter (about 5 at a time, they should not be touching) and fry until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
12
Serve them while they're hot!

 



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