Welcome to Weathercraft Winery Kitchen. With vintage 2020 lost to bushfire smoke and everyone now in isolation, we have a lot more time on our hands! So, we decided to get creative and think of ways to share our vineyard and winery with you at home. In this cooking series, Raquel will share some of the Spanish dishes she grew up with. The recipes will be presented in super simple ways for you to try at home.
Croquette hails from the French word “croquer”, meaning to ‘crunch’. These tasty morsels were believed to have been the design of a man called Antonin Carême. In the mid-Eighteenth century, Carême (known as the “king of chefs and the chef of the kings”) first served a dish he called ‘croquettes à la royale’, at a banquet for French aristocracy.
Born from a time of famine – when flour was in abundance, and other ingredients were scarce – the humble croquette remains one of the best ways of using up leftovers, so that nothing goes to waste! There are endless variations and manners in which to fill these tasty tidbits. Served in bars across Spain, the main flavours are salt cod, chicken and jamón – with Croquetas de Jamón being the ‘Queen of the Croquettes’.
This is my recipe using a fail-safe (‘backward’) béchamel sauce to ensure success EVERY time! I hope you enjoy making these parcels of pleasure as much as I do!
Recipes will feature a video, troubleshooting tips and recipe variations including plant-based options where possible. I will also offer ideas for matching wines to your dish!
Generally, Spanish recipes use simple ingredients and simple steps, I have gone a step further though and made the recipes in this series even more simple by sharing tips and cheats with you for successful Spanish cooking at home. Your family (and you!) will be applauding your efforts. Let’s begin…
Recipe: Croquetas de Jamón (Ham Croquettes)
Yields: 30 oblong croquettes or 60 balls
Vegan-Friendly option, Gluten-Free (when made with GF flour and rice crumbs)Read More