Recipe: Pea And Ham Croquettes

PEA AND HAM CROQUETTES

Golden crisp breadcrumbs encasing soft mash rammed with the fresh summery and British flavours of minted pea and ham... now that is a croquette!

Ingredients

  • 500 g white potatoes
  • 100 g cooked ham joint
  • 1 handful of petit pois, defrosted
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 small bowl of plain flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 generous handful of breadcrumbs
  • 1 bunch of watercress
Cook and mash the potatoes

Step 1

Cook And Mash The Potatoes

Peel and quarter the potatoes, then submerge them in cold salted water in a pan. Heat to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are just cooked. Drain and allow to steam dry a little in the colander for a few minutes before mashing to a smooth mash with the knob of butter.

Prepare the other flavours

Step 2

Prepare The Other Flavours

Chop the ham as fine as possible, finely slice the mint leaves and squash the peas a little.

Make the croquette mixture

Step 3

Make The Croquette Mixture

Mix the mash, ham, peas, mint and a generous pinch of salt and pepper together, then mold into thumb-sized cylinders.

Shape and bread them

Step 4

Shape And Bread Them

Roll the shaped croquettes in the flour, then dunk in the beaten egg before transferring to the bowl of breadcrumbs.

Fry them

Step 5

Fry Them

fry them in vegetable oil at 180 degrees C for 4-5 minutes, rolling frequently to get an even golden colour. Drain them on kitchen roll to get rid of excess oil and serve 3 per portion on a bed of fresh watercress with a lemony vinaigrette.

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