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Croquetas de Jamón Serrano Recipe - Traditional Spanish Ham Croquettes

delicious croquetas de jamón serrano recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, starter, tapas
Cuisine Spanish, tapas
Servings 24 Serves
Calories 91.9 kcal


  • ▢ 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ▢ ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ▢ 1 scant cup all-purpose flour
  • ▢ 1 medium onion very finely diced
  • ▢ 4 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • ▢ 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ▢ 8 ounces Serrano ham finely diced
  • ▢ 2 beaten eggs
  • ▢ flour for breading
  • ▢ breadcrumbs for breading


  • Heat the butter and oil in a heavy pan over medium high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the diced onion and sauté for a few minutes, until it just starts to color, then add a pinch of salt and the nutmeg. (Don't add too much salt, as the Serrano ham is already salty.)
  • Add the diced ham and sauté for 30 seconds, then add the flour and stir continuously until the flour turns light brown. Don't stop stirring, or the flour will burn!
  • When the flour changes color, gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. It should take about 15-20 minutes to add it all.
  • Turn off the heat and let the dough cool to room temperature.
  • Place the croquette dough inside of a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the surface of the dough to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • To make the ham croquettes, shape them into little logs with two spoons, or pipe the mixture with a pastry bag.
  • Heat a pan of olive oil on the stove. Bread the croquettes by tossing them in flour, rolling them in beaten egg, and then coating them with the breadcrumbs.
  • Fry the ham croquettes in the hot oil for 5 minutes, turning them halfway through so they brown evenly. Drain on paper towels to catch excess grease, and let them cool for a few minutes. Enjoy immediately.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword spanish tapas, tapas