Serrano ham and chicken croquettes


Prepare the mixture in advance, then just a few minutes frying is all it takes for a delicious light meal of hot crisp croquettes served with sharp, crunchy tuna salad.


For the croquettes

  • 90g/3½oz butter
  • 50g/2oz thinly sliced Spanish air-dried serrano ham, roughly chopped
  • 110g/4oz flour, plus 75g/3oz extra for coating
  • 500ml/18floz full-fat milk
  • 75g/3oz cooked chicken breast meat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 free-range egg, hard-boiled, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz fresh white breadcrumbs, made from crustless day-old bread left out overnight
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the salad