SPANISH HAM CROQUETTES
A croquette is a delicious snack that offers us the tasty blend of its signature ingredient—in this case, ham—and its enveloping béchamel sauce, with a singular creaminess that floods the palate with sensations of flavour, texture and temperature.
The delicate bitterness of Mahou 5 Estrellas, its perfect natural fizz, and the aromas of malt and hops that characterise it, harmonise exceptionally well with this dish, giving us a complementary flavour, a cleansing of the palate and the freshness needed to enjoy a first rate gastronomic experience.
250g Iberian ham, finely cubed
500ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 medium onion, finely diced
4tbsp plain flour
Breadcrumbs, to coat
Virgin olive oil
Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and sauté the onion until soft. Stir in the ham to brown slightly.
Gradually add the milk, stirring slowly until thick and creamy. Season to taste and leave to cool.
Shape the croquettes by hand, or use two spoons. Coat in the beaten egg, then the breadcrumbs.
Fry in a generous amount of oil over a medium heat until golden, then remove and transfer to kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil before serving.
Garnish with a little bit of chopped parsley.