There is a croquette for everyone, vegetarians included, and Spanish people love to experiment with different ingredients. I’ve seen everything from wild mushroom croquettes (delicious!) to chocolate croquettes.

  • Prep time- 30 mins
  • Cook time- 15 mins
  • Total time- 45 mins

Ingredients of Spanish Croquettes

  •  60 grams/4 T unsalted butter
  •  60 grams/1/4 C olive oil
  • A bit less than 1 C of flour (120 grams)
  • One medium onion very finely diced
  • 1 Liter (1/4 gallon) whole milk at room temperature
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 packet (250 grams) of jamón Serrano diced into small pieces
  • Flour for breading
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Bread crumbs

Instructions of Spanish Croquettes

  1. Melt the butter and heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes until it begins to brown.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and the nutmeg. Add the diced ham and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add the flour and stir continuously until the flour turns a light brown color.
  5. You must not stop stirring or the flour will burn! When the flour changes color, add the milk little by little, always stirring until you incorporate the entire quantity.
  6. It should take about 20 minutes to add everything. Turn off the heat and let the dough cool a little.
  7. Butter the sides of a large bowl or plastic wrap and wrap the kibble inside, directly covered with plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. To make the ham croquettes, shape them into small logs.
  9. Then, while heating a pan full of olive oil on the stove, pass the kibble through the breading process.
  10. Cover them first with flour, then with egg and finally with breadcrumbs.
  11. Fry the ham croquettes in hot oil and let them cool for a few minutes before tasting them!