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Golden Ham Croquettes Recipe

Golden Ham Croquettes Recipe

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. YIELD:5 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.