Spinach, Chicken and Ham Croquetas

We have croqueta fever at work. My colleague Luis and I have been experimenting with different recipes for the past few weeks and our lunches have benefited all the more for it. Chicken croquetas, veggie croquetas, cheese croquetas, you name it! Here’s our latest creation: Spinach, chicken and ham croquetas — perfect for the upcoming holiday parties!

Spinach, chicken and ham croquetas – Ingredients
  • 1 Cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 Cup of finely chopped ham
  • 1 Cup of shredded white cheddar 
  • 2 Cups of chopped spinach 
  • 1 Pinch of salt, nutmeg and pepper
  • 1/2 Cup of flour (extra flour for breading)
  • 1/2 Small onion, finely diced
  • 2 Cups of milk
  • 2 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter 
  • 2 Beaten eggs for coating
  • Panko 
  • Oil 

__1. Using a cast iron skillet, sauté the onions with the butter until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the ham and chicken, and cook for another 2 minutes. Then, add the flour and mix well. Slowly, start adding the milk until it reaches a consistency similar to a pancake batter. Add the spinach, the cheese, a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper. Let it thicken a little more and set aside. Once it cools, put the mixture in the fridge overnight.

__2. The next day, use two spoons to form the croquetas. Coat each one with flour, egg and Panko. Fry them in very hot oil or freeze them for the next party.

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