Ham croquetas

Ham croquetas

  • makes about 30-35

Bite-sized balls of deliciousness. These little Spanish tapas make excellent nibbles. Filled with manchego and ham, this simple-to-follow recipe makes them an easy treat.



  • serrano ham 150g, chopped into small pieces
  • bay leaf 1
  • butter 75g
  • plain flour 75g
  • whole milk 500ml
  • manchego 50g, grated
  • nutmeg a grating
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • dried breadcrumbs 100g
  • groundnut oil for deep frying


  • Step 1

    Heat a non-stick pan and fry the ham and bay leaf gently until any fat has melted off the ham, then scoop it out leaving the fat behind.

  • Step 2

    Add the butter to the pan and, when it has melted, stir in the flour to make a thick paste.

  • Step 3

    Gradually stir in the milk until you have a smooth sauce.

  • Step 4

    Add back the bay leaf and ham and simmer over a low heat for 10-15 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted, then add a good grating of nutmeg and season really well.

  • Step 5

    Scoop into a tray or dish, cool, then chill completely in the fridge. (This can take 2-3 hours, or you could do it the day before.)

  • Step 6

    Scoop out large teaspoonfuls of the mix and roll each into balls about 3cm across.

  • Step 7

    Put the beaten egg on one plate and breadcrumbs on another. Roll the balls in the egg then the crumbs. Repeat so you have a double layer of egg and breadcrumbs.

  • Step 8

    Fill a pan no more than ⅓ full with oil and heat to 180C (or until a cube of bread browns in around 30 seconds), then deep fry the balls in batches for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden. Scoop out and drain on kitchen paper (you can keep cooked croquetas warm in a very low oven).

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 107
  • Carbs 5.1g
  • Protein 3.5g
  • Fat 8g
  • Salt 0.3g
  • Fibre 0.1g