Ham and Cheddar Croquettes

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Introducing a delightful twist on a classic appetizer: Ham and Cheddar Croquettes. These little bites of goodness are sure to become a favorite in your household, combining the savory goodness of ham with the creamy richness of cheddar cheese, all wrapped up in a crispy, golden coating.

But before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about what makes these croquettes so irresistible. First off, there’s the ham. Whether it’s leftover from a holiday feast or freshly sliced from the deli, ham brings a hearty flavor that pairs perfectly with the gooey goodness of melted cheddar cheese.

And speaking of cheese, cheddar adds a creamy texture and a sharp flavor that takes these croquettes to the next level. When combined with the ham and a few select seasonings, it creates a filling that’s downright addictive.

Now, let’s talk about that crispy coating. It’s the key to making these croquettes truly irresistible. A quick dip in beaten eggs and a roll in panko breadcrumbs is all it takes to achieve that perfect crunch that’s sure to have your guests coming back for more.

And the best part? These croquettes are incredibly versatile. Serve them as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering, or pair them with a crisp, dry white wine for a simple yet satisfying evening snack.

So, are you ready to take your appetizer game to the next level? Grab your apron, dust off your frying pan, and get ready to whip up a batch of these delicious Ham and Cheddar Croquettes. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply looking for a tasty way to use up leftover ham, these little bites are sure to hit the spot. Let’s get cooking!

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Ham and Cheddar Croquettes

Ham and Cheddar Croquettes

Ham and Cheddar Croquettes are super crispy on the outside and very creamy on the inside. These two-bite appetizers are a great way to use up leftover ham and they go well with dry white wine.

  • Author: Sauver
  • Prep Time: 1:00
  • Cook Time: :15
  • Total Time: 1:15
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop


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  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz. Virginia ham, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. white cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1 cup flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Canola oil, for frying


  1. Boil potatoes in a 4-qt. pot of salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; set aside. Add 1 tbsp. butter to the pot, and melt over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add to potatoes along with remaining butter, cream, salt and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth. Fold in ham, cheese, and chives; chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Using flour-dusted hands, form 2 tbsp. chilled ham mixture into a 3″-long oval and flatten the ends; dredge in flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat with bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining mixture, flour, eggs, and bread crumbs; transfer to a plate and freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2″ oil in a 6-qt. saucepan to 375°. Working in batches, fry croquettes, turning as needed, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt.
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