Ham and Manchego Croquettes

Cuisinart original

These savory bites make a nice tapas-style starter for a crowd.


Makes about 27 croquettes


2     pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces,
       reserved in cold water
4     tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1     teaspoon kosher salt, divided
½    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2     large eggs, separated
4     ounces smoked ham steak, finely diced
4     ounces Manchego cheese, finely shredded
½    cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1     cup plain breadcrumbs
       nonstick cooking spray
       olive oil for brushing or spraying

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per croquette:
Calories 110 (36% from fat) • carb. 15g • pro. 4g • fat 4g • sat. fat 2g chol. 25mg • sod. 144mg • calc. 150mg • fiber 1g


1. Place potatoes into a large pot and add cold water to fully cover.
Cook over medium-high heat until tender. Drain potatoes, place back
in pot and place on the stove over low heat for a few minutes to dryout the potatoes. Remove from heat and mash well.
2. Once cooled slightly, stir in the butter, ½ teaspoon each salt and
pepper, egg yolks, finely diced ham and finely shredded Manchego.
Stir until well blended. Chill for a minimum of 2 hours, but preferably
overnight. Whisk the egg whites together and reserve.
3. Once well chilled, place the AirFryer Basket onto the Baking Pan and
coat with nonstick spray. Place the flour onto a plate, egg whites into
a container to dip, and the breadcrumbs onto a separate tray.
4. Scoop each croquette into a heaping, rounded tablespoon so that
each is approximately 2 tablespoons. Form each into a tall, evenly
rounded disc, about 1 to 1¼ inches wide. Toss each into the flour,
dust off any excess before dipping into the egg whites, and then
rolling in the breadcrumbs to coat. Repeat with the remaining
5. Place croquettes evenly into prepared AirFryer Basket. Brush or
spray liberally with olive oil.
6. Place into oven in rack position 2. Select AirFry and set to 375°F
for 15 minutes. Rotate the tray halfway through baking time for the
most even results. Croquettes should be evenly browned.
7. Serve immediately.

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