Ham & Cheese Croquettes

Deep Fried Ham and Swiss Cheese Croquettes

AuthorSara Bojarski Prep Time: 1:20:00
Cook Time: 0:20:00
Total Time: 1:40:00
Serving Size: Makes 15-20 croquettes Ingredients
  • 6 oz diced Deli Ham
  • 1 Cups grated Swiss Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cups small dice Onion
  • 2 minced Garlic Cloves
  • Pinch Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 beaten Egg (mixed with 1T of water)
  • 1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 Cups Flour
  • Canola Oil (for frying)
  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter. Once melted, add in your flour all at once. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Add in your milk and stir together. Let cook over a medium heat until the mixture thickens about 5-8 minutes.
  • While your béchamel is thickening, in a small sauté pan, heat up 1 teaspoon of oil. Add your onion and cook about 5 minutes. Add your garlic and cook another 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Once your béchamel is nice and thick, add in your swiss cheese and mix together. At this point you can add in your diced ham, onion/garlic mixture, cayenne, and mustard. Stir together to incorporate. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and place the entire pot into the freezer to cool off and firm (about an hour).
  • While your mixture is cooling, set up your breading station with your flour, egg wash, and panko in 3 separate dishes. Once your mixture has cooled completely, form into 3 inch long logs or into golfball sized balls. Roll in flour, then egg and then coat with Panko. Repeat this process until all the mixture has been used up.
  • Heat a deep fryer or large pot of oil to 360 degrees. In batches, fry your croquettes until golden brown on the outside. Serve immediately.