Ham-and-cheese-croquettes

Cheese and ham croquettes

Crisp on the outside, soft and gooey inside

By , 03 June 2018

(2 votes)

Cheese and ham croquettes
  • Cook: 30 Mins
    plus chilling

  • Serves: 4

  • Price: 20p per serving

Nutritional Info
Each 130g serving contains
  • Energy

    1131KJ

    270KCAL

    14%
  • Fat

    16.9g

    med

    24%
  • Saturates

    6.1g

    high

    31%
  • Sugars

    3.0g

    low

    3%
  • Salt

    1.09g

    med

    18%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 870kJ/208kcal.
Ingredients
  • 100g 3-day-old white bread, crusts removed
  • 25g Smart Price Butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 180ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 25g Smart Price Mature Cheddar, grated
  • 75g Smart Price Cooked Ham Slices, shredded
  • 1tsp course-grain mustard
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil, to fry
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 140C/ 120C Fan/Gas 1. Break the bread into small pieces and whizz in a processor to make breadcrumbs. Spread out on a baking tray and cook for 10 mins. Cool.

  • Melt the butter in a small pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Heat the milk until steaming hot, then gradually whisk it into the mixture. Cook over a medium heat, whisking all the time, until the mixture thickens. Continue to whisk for another 3 mins.

  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, ham and mustard. Season with black pepper. Pour into a dish and cover with clingfilm. Allow to cool completely, then chill in the fridge for 1 hr.

  • Put the egg in a shallow dish and the breadcrumbs in another. Shape the cheese and ham mixture into 8 croquettes. One at a time, coat in the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Put on a plate lined with baking paper and chill for 30 mins.

  • Fill a deep fat fryer or large pan to 1⁄3 of the way up with oil and heat to 180C. Cook the croquettes, in 2 batches, for 2-3 mins until golden. Drain on a plate lined with kitchen roll, keep warm, then serve 2 croquettes per person.