Ham, Cheese & Potato Croquettes


These crispy croquettes are delicious as part of a tapas feast

  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • A grating of nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 220ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g strong Cheddar, grated
  • 270g Maris Piper potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 125g thick cut ham, cut into ½cm cubes Salt and pepper
  • Golden breadcrumbs to coat
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Heat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC/Gas 6. Melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Season well, then add the nutmeg.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk on a medium heat. Add the bay leaf and cook for a few minutes until thickened. Mix in the cheese, potato and ham and stir well. Leave for five minutes to infuse.
  • Remove the bay leaf and spread the mixture out into an even rectangle on a cling film lined oven tray.
  • Score into 16 rectangles. Take each rectangle, roll into a short, fat sausage and roll through the breadcrumbs. Repeat until finished.
  • Remove the clingfilm from the baking tray, spray the croquettes with a little cooking oil and cook for 8-10 minutes until warmed through. Don’t cook for too long or they will start to spread and collapse. Serve warm with a spicy tomato salsa on the side.
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