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Ham Croquettes with Mustard Sauce

 Ham Croquettes with Mustard Sauce
Any leftover ham is set aside for these crispy croquettes. I shape them early in the day, then simply fry them at dinnertime. The mustard sauce is mild and pairs well with ham.—Kathy Vincek, Toms River, New Jersey
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the ham, onion and parsley; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper

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Ham Croquettes with Mustard Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for
  • 1 minute or until thickened. Stir into ham mixture.
  • Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish; cover and refrigerate for at
  • least 2 hours.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine egg and water. Place bread crumbs in a
  • separate shallow bowl. Shape ham mixture into 12 balls (mixture will
  • be soft); roll each ball into egg mixture, then bread crumbs. Cover
  • and refrigerate 2 hours longer.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry
  • croquettes, a few at a time, for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown,
  • turning once. Drain on paper towels.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt
  • and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook
  • and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in mustard. Serve
  • with croquettes. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 croquette with 2-1/2 teaspoons sauce equals 188 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 503 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.