Keto ham croquettes

Keto ham croquettes

Croquettes, or croquetas as they say in Spanish, are fried little nuggets of goodness. Ham and béchamel paste are made into little balls breaded and deep fried. We’ve created a simple dairy-free keto recipe that easily comes together in the food processor.

Keto ham croquettes

Croquettes, or croquetas as they say in Spanish, are fried little nuggets of goodness. Ham and béchamel paste are made into little balls breaded and deep fried. We’ve created a simple dairy-free keto recipe that easily comes together in the food processor.
USMetric
2 servingservings

Ingredients

  • ½ lb 225 g ham, cured, diced
  • 2 2 egg white, dividedegg whites, divided
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • ½ cup 125 ml (60 g) almond flour
  • 1 cup 225 ml coconut oil, for frying

Instructions

Instructions are for 2 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. In the food processor, pulse together the ham, one egg white, oregano and chives until a chunky paste forms.
  2. Line up your food processor bowl, a shallow bowl with the remaining egg white and apple cider vinegar whisked together, and a plate with the almond flour.
  3. Shape three slightly flattened balls per serving from the ham paste. Dredge each ball in the egg white, then coat in almond flour. Shake off the excess and repeat, egg white and almond meal.
  4. Heat the coconut oil in a large heavy bottom skillet over medium heat.
  5. Fry the croquettes 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown all over. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before enjoying!

Cristina's tip!

These are pretty big! You can easily make 10 smaller croquettes.

If you can’t have almond, use coconut flour to coat them.

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10 comments

  1. Paula Pérez
    Try egg white powder for coating ;)
  2. Emma
    This recipe was definatley NOT one of your best. After one I threw them out. Yuck
  3. Andrea
    We loved it!!! It was amazing!!! Thank you sooo much!
  4. Judy42
    Terrific! Crispy, flavorful! Not the obvious ham taste I expected, but more like a deep fried flavorful snack! A definite winner, and so low in carbs!
  5. Glenys
    The description for these says they are ham and béchamel paste, however the recipe doesn't mention béchamel at all. Does béchamel get included in the mix and if so how much?
    Reply: #7
  6. Angelica
    I just made this with chorizo instead of ham and they turned out great! Coconut oil is quite expensive where I live so I used olive oil, a smaller layer than what it stands on the recipe. The middle part was a little lighter in color than the sides but it was still cooked and the taste was good.
  7. Tilly
    No, it says that traditional croquettes are made with bechamel. Too many carbs in bechamel so they've made them with just egg white.

    We must have over processed the ham as we got a gluey paste that was hard to coat. In the end we just fried blobs of it in a pan without bothering with the flour coating. Tasty enough to eat as a snack, but we wouldn't make them again.

  8. Beth Loft
    These bear very little resemblance to Croquetas. Mine were however delicious - due perhaps to the horribly expensive Jambon Sec that I deployed. I made 8 from my mix. We had them as a starter (with a spicy tomato mayo dip and a glass of Fino sherry) but the amount for 2 persons was too substantial and we left some - they would easily have made a main meal dish with a good salad.

    The egg white/almond coating worked well and crisped up nicely. I fried them in olive oil.

    As they stand, I am giving them 3 stars.

    I plan to develop this dish using a creamy cauliflower puree to replace the traditional bechamel. This I hope will both moisten and soften them down to something more like a croqueta and also offset the saltiness of the ham, which was almost too great in this example.

  9. Terri
    How about using ground pork rinds instead of almond or coconut flour?
    Reply: #10
  10. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    How about using ground pork rinds instead of almond or coconut flour?

    We haven't tried it that way, but it could certainly work. Let us know if you try it out!

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