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Spanish Croquetas

Spanish Ham Croquettes with Green Olive Tapenade

I love food because it can transport you to any place in the world. These tasty favorites from  Spain are made from a thickened béchamel sauce that’s cooled, shaped and fried. Enjoy this dish with family and friends!


For the Croquettes: 2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup finely minced ham
2 eggs, whisked
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
Vegetable Oil for Frying
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Green Olive Tapenade: 1 cup sun dried tomatoes (in olive oil)
1/3 cup sun dried tomato oil
1/2 cup pimento stuffed green olive
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard


To make the croquettes: Melt the butter and olive oil together in a sauce pan and add the flour. Using a whisk whisk the flour and butter together until combine.
Add 1 cup of milk and whisk the roux and milk together. Add the second cup of milk and nutmeg. Whisk together to combine.
Bring the milk mixture to a boil while whisking. The mixture will thicken up and resemble “wallpaper paste”. Remove from the heat and continue whisking until smooth.
Stir in the minced ham and spread the mixture into a 9x13 pan. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firmly set.
Once set, shape about 2 tbsps of the mixture into a small log. I shape them about the size of my thumb. Use some flour on your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Continue shaping the all of the croquettes and place them on a sheet of parchment paper.
Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl and add the bread crumbs to another medium bowl.
Dip the shaped croquettes into the egg and than dredge in the bread crumbs continue this process until all of them are coated with bread crumbs.
Heat about 3 inches of vegetable oil in a pan and fry each croquette until they are golden brown.
Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
To make the Green Olive Tapenade: Place all of the tapenade ingredients into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture pulls together and is coarsely chopped. Salt and pepper to taste (if needed) and serve on the side with your croquettes and Enjoy!

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