Easy Ham and Cheese Croquettes

  • on June 7, 2020
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I do not remember where I first had these but I know it was recent when I moved to Florida. It is considered a Cuban style food and here in Florida we have a wide choice of different type of cuban food.

Upon my first time indulging upon these, I took a bite and out came creamy potato and cheese filled delicousness. From that moment forward I have been hooked on these and have never looked back.


  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 package Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® Diced Ham
  • 4 ounces queso blanco cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cups panko bread crumbs


  1. Boil peeled potatoes until soft (about 20-25 minutes). Drain potatoes and sprinkle with salt.
  2. When potatoes are completely cool, add garlic powder and mash until they are mostly smooth.
  3. Scoop up about a Tablespoon of mashed potatoes and form into a cup shape. Fill the potato cup with about a teaspoon of ham and one cube of cheese.
  4. Take two filled cups and squeeze together so that they form a ball, sealing the ham and cheese inside.
  5. Dip the potato balls in a egg wash, then gently roll in bread crumbs until the outside is well coated.
  6. Once all potato balls are rolled and coated in bread crumbs, fry in small batches of 2-3 at a time, depending on the size of your pan.

Here is also a nice video you can watch on how to make these

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