Rocky's Zesty Ham Croquettes


This recipe for ham croquettes is great for leftovers; it's a nice treat from the boring next-day ham and cheese sandwich or ham dinner.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
16 croquettes


  • 1 ½ pounds leftover baked ham

  • 4 eggs, divided

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup fresh chopped garlic

  • ¼ cup dried minced onion

  • 3 cups Italian-style bread crumbs

  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Grind ham into a large bowl.

  2. Beat 3 eggs in a small bowl.

  3. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and dried onion; cook and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into the bowl with the ham; add the beaten eggs, 1 cup bread crumbs, Cheddar cheese, brown sugar, and black pepper. Mix by hand until combined; mold into 15 to 18 medium croquettes, or rectangular balls.

  4. Beat remaining 1 egg in a bowl with 1 tablespoon water. Pour remaining 2 cups bread crumbs into a large nonstick baking pan. Dip each croquette in the egg and roll in bread crumbs.

  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add croquettes; fry in batches until golden brown, about 10 minutes total. Place finished croquettes on a paper towels to drain excess oil.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
20g Fat
22g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 818mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 163mg 13%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 241mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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