Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Tapa recipe: Spanish Jamon Croquettes



Note that this recipe is for 6 croquetas de jamon, as an appetizer or tapa. Croquettes, of jamon, cheese, cod or chicken are a quite common in Spanish bars.
Heat the 8 Tbsp olive oil in a small pan on medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes. Add the milk and the chicken broth gradually. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickened and smooth. All these steps, stirring constantly.
Then, add the minced Serrano jamon. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat, continuing to stir, and remove from heat.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes and refrigerate by 3 hours until mixture is cold. Scatter the breadcrumbs into a wide bowl. And beat the eggs with water in another one. Cover your hands in flour, then divide the mixture into 1-inch balls and set on a plate.
Pour the olive oil in a frying medium pan and heat it (really hot). Then dip the croquettes in the beaten egg and coat with crumbs by rolling in bowl. Place the croquettes in the hot oil and fry quickly, turning all the time. When golden (be sure not to overcook them), remove the croquettes and set them in a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
The best ham or Jamon you can use for this recipe, because of its fantastic features, is the Ham from Teruel PDO by the EU authorities.

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