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Golden Ham Croquettes

 Golden Ham Croquettes
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.
5 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached 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
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • 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

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Golden Ham Croquettes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard and onion; add ham
  • and mix well. Cover and chill thoroughly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.