1dessert spoon of olive oil
2 dessert spoons of flour
1/4 litre of milk
100 grams of bread crumbs
150 grams of ham, cut into small pieces
1: Place the oil in a frying pan and warm it. Once the oil is warm remove the pan from the heat and add the flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until it becomes a paste.
2: Put the pan on the heat again and add the milk, little by little, stirring the mixture all the time until it is cooked and even. Add the nutmeg, a pinch of salt and the ham cut into small pieces. Cook in the pan until the mixture is stiff, and don't stop stirring.
3: As soon as the mixture is stiff enough, spoon it into a bowl and leave to cool. Beat the egg. Once the mixture is cool, make small portions and mould them with your hands into the shape of a croqueta (oval). Dip each croqueta into the beaten egg and then dip it into the breadcrumbs. Place each croqueta separately on a plate. You can fry them straight away, or store them in the fridge until you are ready to cook and eat them.
4: Fry the croquetas in a pan with enough oil to cover them. When they are golden and crispy, take them out and lay them on kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil. Serve immediately.
Use a good quality olive oil.
Instead of using ham, you can use Serrano ham, bacon, cheese, tuna, cooked chicken, fish. It is also a perfect way to use up the last bits of roast meat or fish from the day before.