Ham Croquettes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 of small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 12 ozs. smoked or baked ham, ground (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups fine plain bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 fresh lime, cut into wedges

Directions:

  • Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook until soft. Add flour and mix with wire whisk. Gradually add evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes just to a boil and is thick and creamy. Add ham, parsley, sherry, black pepper and nutmeg; mix well. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on low heat. Taste; season with additional salt if desired.
  • Pour ham mixture into 8-inch-square baking pan. Cool in refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes so that it will be easy to handle.
  • Beat eggs with water in a small mixing bowl until frothy. Combine bread crumbs and flour and place in a second bowl or plate. Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of ham mixture from chilled pan, or divide mixture in pan by cutting it into thirds crosswise and in eights lengthwise. Shape into logs 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4-inch wide. Dip croquettes into eggs and roll in crumb mixture until evenly coated. Place croquettes on large jelly roll pan or baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350° F. Fry croquettes for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place on serving platter. Squeeze lime wedges over croquettes and serve with extra wedges. Serve hot.

Notes:

Serving Size: 1/24 of Recipe | Servings Per Recipe: 24 | Smartpoints: 6

Nutrition information:

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 170
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 240mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
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