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Golden Ham Croquettes

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

10 servings

Neighbors happened to drop in the first time I made this recipe and they loved it. I often make the tasty favorite as a Sunday dinner for our family. —Peggy Anderjaska, Haigler, Nebraska

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 2 cups coarsely ground fully cooked ham
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in curry powder and flour. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard and onion; add ham and mix well. Cover and chill thoroughly.
  2. With wet hands, shape mixture into 10 balls. Roll balls in bread crumbs; shape each into a cone. Whisk together egg and water. Dip cones into egg mixture; roll again in crumbs.
  3. Heat oil in an electric skillet or a deep-fat fryer to 375°. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, until golden brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels; keep warm.
  4. For the cheese sauce, melt butter in a saucepan; stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Reduce heat. Add cheeses; stir until melted. Spoon over croquettes.

Nutrition Facts

1 croquette with about 2 tablespoons sauce: 307 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 603mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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