Recipe courtesy of Barcito

Iberico Ham Croquettes With Saffron Aioli

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 6 hr
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 5 hr
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Saffron Aioli:

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1/8 teaspoon saffron threads

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


1 small clove garlic


5 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons minced shallots

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup diced Iberico ham

Salt and fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup breadcrumbs.

Canola oil, for frying


  1. For the aioli: Combine the vinegar and saffron threads in a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer, and then remove from the heat. Transfer to a food processor and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, a pinch salt and the garlic. Blend until well combined. Season with salt and more lemon, if needed.
  2. For the croquettes: Melt the butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute the shallots and garlic for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup of the flour and cook until it forms a paste, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Add the ham and lower the heat, keep stirring until the mixture is thick and releases from the sides of the pan. Season with salt and pepper add the thyme.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Cover with wax paper and let chill for at least 5 hours.
  4. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot.
  5. Roll the croquettes into 1-ounce balls. Bread using the 3-step bread method: use the remaining 1/2 cup flour, and then the eggs, and then the breadcrumbs. Roll the croquettes in the flour, shaking off excess, then roll in the egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs making sure to coat completely. Fry until golden brown, and then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Transfer to a plate and serve with the saffron aioli on the side.