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Browse any Spanish menu and you are likely to find the timeless croquetas de jamón – the golden crunchy outside consisting of a deliciously creamy filling.

Luis Valerio from lets us in to the secret of how to make a best croquette.


– Half an onion

– 2 eggs (difficult boiled)

– 4 tbsp olive oil

– Three oz of serrano ham (pieces)

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 3 oz of flour (all-purpose)

– 1/2 litre of milk

– One tsp of salt

– 2 eggs (medium)

– Breadcrumbs (dried)

– One cup of vegetable oil

Image: Recipe Difficult

boil eggs

to your taste and after that peel and slice.

Peel and chop carefully half an onion.

Slice finely the Serrano ham pieces or pieces.

Heat four tablespoons of olive oil in a pot. When warm add sliced onion, Serrano ham, hard-boiled eggs and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook over low heat for 10 – 12 minutes.

Include 1/4 cup of olive oil to the pot with the onion.

Once warm include the all-purpose flour and cook over low heat for 3 to five minutes whisking continuously with a balloon whisk up until the mixture is smooth and turns a light, golden colour.

Slowly (1/4 a cup for each time) add the room temperature level milk to the pot with the mix and cook over medium heat whisking continuously. Season with one teaspoon of salt.

Bring it to a boil and cook over medium heat for 4 to five minutes stirring continually (taste and add more salt if required). If the béchamel sauce is gritty, utilize the blender to make it smooth.

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Set the béchamel aside and let it cool for around three hours or till firm.

Whisk eggs in a bowl and put breadcrumbs on a plate.

Shape a tablespoonsful of mix and roll in breadcrumbs.

Dip in egg and roll in breadcrumbs once again.

Heat one cup of veggie oil in a frying pan. When hot include croquettes in batches and fry up until golden (one to 2 minutes each side).

Transfer croquettes to a plate.

Serve warm and enjoy your Spanish ham croquettes recipe!

(Note: You do not need to consume your croquettes all at as soon as – although it is tempting! You can freeze them prior to frying).