Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes

Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, potato croquettes filled with a combination of white cheddar and salty ham are the ultimate two-bite party snack.Anna Stockwell

Super crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these two-bite party snacks are a great way to use up leftover ham; they pair well with a dry white wine.

Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Super crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, these two-bite party snacks are a great way to use up leftover holiday ham, and they pair well with a dry white wine.
Yield: makes About 30 Croquettes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.