Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Creamy Ham and Cheese Croquettes

1 small onion, finely chopped ($.05)
2 T. butter ($.05)
2 cloves of garlic, minced ($.05)
1/2 tsp. basil ($.05)
2 C. cooked ham, very finely chopped ($.40)
1/4 C. alfredo sauce ($.35)
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella ($.20)
3-4 T. flour ($.05)
1 egg ($.10)
3/4 C. breadcrumbs ($.15)
1/8 C. parmesan ($.25)
1 T. parsley ($.05)
1 tsp. basil ($.05)
1 tsp. garlic powder ($.05)
2 C. vegetable oil ($.75)

In a medium skillet, add butter and melt over a low heat. Add onion and basil, and cook until tender (6-8 minutes). Add garlic and ham, season with salt and pepper and cook until heated through. Add in alfredo sauce and cheese, cook 5 minutes, sprinkle with flour by tablespoon, stirring until mixture has thickened. Remove mixture from pan and cool completely. (If you are in a hurry, place mixture in bowl and refrigerate 15-20 minutes.)

Whisk one egg in a separate bowl.

Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, and remaining spices in a dry, shallow bowl.

Heat oil in a small fry pan to 325 to 350F.

Form ham and cheese mixture into 1-2 T. sized nuggets - shaped into small cylinders, dip in egg wash, then roll in breadcrumbs to coat well.

Add ham and cheese croquettes to oil and cook until golden brown on each side (about 3 minutes per side). Drain and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Yield = 26-30 croquettes
Cost: $2.60
Cost per croquette = $.10

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