Recipe for Spanish Croquetas

By | February 4, 2011

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Any visitor to Spain will have seen croquetas in Spanish restaurants served as a tapas. You can make croquetas with ham, fish, chicken, spinach.. We were even served some croquetas with a curry filling recently, although this is not common. This is an easy croquetas recipe and although preparation is a bit fiddley, the end result is worth it.

Ingredients (for 4 people):
1desert spoon of olive oil
2 desert spoons of flour
1/4 litre of milk
1 Egg

100 grams of bread crumbs
Nutmeg
150 grams of ham, cut into small pieces
Salt
Steps:

1: Put the oil in a frying pan and warm it. Once the oil is warm (but before it is so hot that smoke rises from it) remove the pan from the heat and add the flour to the oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until it becomes a paste.

2: Put the pan on the heat again and add the milk, little by little, stirring the mixture all the time until it is cooked and even. Add the nutmeg, a pinch of salt and the ham cut into small pieces. Cook in the pan until the mixture is stiff, and don’t stop stirring.

3: As soon as the mixture is stiff enough, spoon it into a bowl and let it cool. Beat the egg. Once the mixture is cool, make small portions and mould them with your hands into the shape of a croqueta (oval). Dip each croqueta into the beaten egg and then dip it into the breadcrumbs which will stick to the croqueta because of the egg. Place each croqueta separately on a plate. You can fry them straight away, or put them into the fridge and leave them until you are ready to cook and eat them.

4: Fry the croquetas in a pan with enough oil to cover them. When they are golden and crispy, take them out and lay them on kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil. Serve straight away.
Use quality ingredients:

Olive oil: Use a good quality oil. Users of the Ciao website recommend Aceite Carbonell. Here is anothe list of recommended Spanish olive oils: Aceitedeoliva.com.
The best places to eat croquetas in Madrid according to the Spanish newspaper Diario El Mundo.

Varieties and tips:

Croquetas made of… amost anything!!: Instead of using ham, you can use serrano ham, bacon, cheese, tuna, cooked chicken, fish……. It is a perfect way to use up the last bits of roast meat or fish used the day before.

Make more and freeze: You can make more croquetas than you intend to use, and freeze them once they are ready to fry.

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