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Pumpkin and Ham Croquettes

These healthy croquettes made with pumpkin are ideal snack for any occasion. Serve them as as a snack to your family and friends. They are also great as a picnik meal. Children will also love them, as they are tasty.

They are soft from the inside with crispy exterior, packed with healthy ingredients (pumpkin, mozzarella, ham and semolina) and so easy to make.

Serve with mayonnaise, tomato chutney or your favourite dip.

pumpkin ham croquettes half

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Making these baked croquettes is pretty simple. The base is pumpkin purée made by roasting the pumpkin in the oven. We'll be using hokkaido pumpkin, which we love for its nutty taste and amazing orange colour. Swap hokkaido pumpkin for any other pumpkin you have on hand (sugar pumpkin, kabocha squash, butternut squash).

hokkaido pumpkin half
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Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in the oven for 20 minutes and you have creamy base for your croquettes.

pumpkin half scooping flash

Once you scoop out the pumpkin flash and cool it down, add the rest of the ingredients: EGG, SEMOLINA, GREEK YOGURT, SEASONING (salt and pepper and coriander). In the end add HAM cutted into smaller pieces and FRESH MOZZARELLA, also cutting into very small pieces. 

Breading the croquettes

For the breading we'll be using only beaten egg (with a few tablespoons of water or milk) and FINE BREADCRUMBS.

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pumpkin ham croquettes crumbs
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Roll a spoonful of the mixture into balls then dip into beaten egg and roll into breadcrumbs. Now, arrange balls on the baking sheet (lined with baking paper) and oil generously each ball with olive oil. This will moist the croquettes and give them nice brown colour once baked.

pumpkin ham croquettes sheet

Serving pumpkin and ham croquettes

These croquettes are ideal for nibbling in any occasion. Serve with your favourite sauce or dip.

pumpkin and ham croquettes cut

Pumpkin and Ham Croquettes

MAKED: 10 croquettes
COOKS IN: 1 HOUR
LEVEL: Easy

INGREDIENTS

For croquettes

  • 200g pumpkin purée
  • 40g semolina
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 120g sliced smoked ham, cutted into smaller pieces
  • 100g fresh mozzarella, cutted into smaller pieces

For the coating

  • 1 large egg
  • 30ml tablespoons milk or water (2 tablespoons)
  • 50g fine dried breadcrumbs
  • 30ml olive oil (2 tablespoons), for brushing

METHOD

  1. Place the pumpkin purée in a large bowl then add semolina, Greek yogurt and stir well. 

  2. Season with salt and ground pepper, add coriander and stir again.

  3. Add pieces of ham and mozzarella, chopped parsley and stir until evenly distributed. Cover with cling film and cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F. Line the baking sheet with baking paper.

  5. Whisk whole egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs on a separate plate.

  6. Spoon about a tablespoon of pumpkin mixture and shape into oval shape. Dip into beaten egg then coat into breadcrumbs.

  7. Take heaped teaspoons of the mixture and, with wet hands, roll into 16 small oval shapes and put on a tray. Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl, put the flour on a plate and half of the breadcrumbs in a bowl.

  8. Arrange croquettes on a baking sheet, drizzle generously with olive oil and bake until golden, for about 18-20 minutes. Remove from the sheet with thin metal spatula and place on the serving tray.

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