Golden Ham Croquettes Recipe
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Golden Ham Croquettes Recipe

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Neighbors happened to drop in the first time I made these...they loved them! I say my hobby's crafting. Actually, though, it's helping my husband with ranch work and running after the kids. We have four of them, from 13 to 9.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup 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 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


  1. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in curry powder and flour. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. 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 a deep-fat fryer to 375°. Fry croquettes, a few at a time, for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until golden brown. 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 for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheeses; stir until melted. Spoon over croquettes. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Golden Ham Croquettes in Country Woman May/June 1993, p29

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MordacP 250555
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"Followed the recipe exactly. Chilled in refrigerator for 5 hours.

It came out with the consistency of tapioca. The only shape it was going to hold was blob.
Salvaged it by adding diced potatoes and cooking it up as a mushy corned beef hash substitute with eggs.
I'm sticking with the tried and true recipe from my grandmother's cook book The Basic Cook Book."

lifeisgrand 221904
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"I have a finicky family and they love this recipe. It is a great way to use leftover ham."

dulce24 21522
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"This was the first time I tried this recipe,my family really like them and they were easy to make.One note,with curry a little goes a long way,so keep that in mind.This recipe is a keeper,Thanks."

MarianJN 7921
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years and years. It is actually from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook from 1981. I don't change anything - love it just the way it is."

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