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Mini Ham & Cheese Croquetas

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INGREDIENTS

Servings: 12

¼ cup onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup milk

Flour Mixture

¾ cup flour

1 teaspoon ground oregano

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup ham, diced

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups butter cracker crumbs

Salsa Verde

1 bunch cilantro

½ bunch flat leaf parsley

3 cloves garlic

⅓ cup fresh orange juice

Juice of 2 limes

⅓ cup olive oil

Salt

PREPARATION

1. In a skillet over medium heat, sweat onions, parsley, and garlic in butter. Add milk and bring to a simmer. 


2. Reduce heat to low and add flour mixture. Stir into a smooth paste and remove from heat.


3. In a large bowl, combine flour paste, ham, and cheese. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.


4. Combine all salsa verde ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Set aside in small bowl for dipping. 


5. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375˚F/190˚C in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. 


6. Place beaten eggs and cracker crumbs in separate bowls. Take one heaping tablespoon of the ham and cheese mixture and roll it into a ball. Dip in egg, then thoroughly coat in cracker crumbs.


7. Fry for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, moving occasionally with a slotted spoon or spider. Remove and let drain on paper towel.


8. Serve warm with salsa verde for dipping. Enjoy!