Indulge in the rich flavors of Spain with these delectable Spanish Ham Croquettes, made even more delightful with the smooth, fruity notes of O-Live Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Perfect for gatherings or a family treat, these croquettes are sure to impress!
- 2 Tbsp O-Live Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for coating
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 oz Spanish ham, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- O-Live Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying
- Heat the O-Live Extra Virgin Olive Oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add 1/2 cup flour and stir continuously for about 2 minutes to create a roux.
- Gradually add the milk to the roux, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture thickens into a béchamel sauce. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in the Spanish ham into the béchamel and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a dish and let it cool. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up.
- Shape the chilled mixture into small cylinders. Roll each croquette first in flour, then dip into the beaten eggs, and finally coat with breadcrumbs. Heat O-Live Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a deep fryer or large skillet and fry the croquettes until golden brown on all sides.
Pro Tip: For a smoother béchamel, warm the milk before adding it to the roux, and for extra flavor, infuse the milk with onion and bay leaf.