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Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas with Smoked Pimentón Aioli #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper, Recipes, Spanish, Tapas

Happy Sunday! I am really excited to participate in this week’s Sunday Supper and share my love of Spanish cuisine. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe that will be a hit with your friends on game day. Croquetas are one of my favorite tapas and this was my first time making them. Made with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, these fried little balls of goodness are sure to disappear quickly. I found this recipe on Food 52 and absolutely fell in love with it. My favorite two ingredients are the Manchego Cheese and the sweet, smoked paprika which give the croquetas a distinct flavor that is simply addicting. Serve these warm with the smooked pimenton aioli and watch them disappear as nobody will be able to eat just one. I recommend pairing these with a nice glass of bubbly or a crisp, white wine.


One of the most important tips in this recipe is to chill the croquetas before frying. I recommend making the mixture the night before you need them or first thing in the morning if you will be having them later that day. When you prepare the mixture for frying by forming into balls and coating with egg and bread crumbs, be sure to chill the croquetas a second time before frying to ensure that they do not fall apart. I actually popped mine in the freezer while the oil was heating and found that to be very helpful.


It took me a few times before I got these just right. Be patient and I promise it will be worth it!


You can make a few alterations to the recipe such as using prosciutto instead of Serrano and even adding Parmesan to the bread crumbs. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Are you ready to get cooking? Please take a look at all of the other wonderful recipes being featured today.

Here’s what’s on the Table:
Roasted Bone Marrow with Citrus Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Stuffed Green Queen Olives with Garlic Infused Olive Oil from MarocMama
Cheesy, Tortellini Tapas & Spicy Bacon Ranch Dip from Daily Dish Recipes
Mushroom Chevre Crostini from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Black-Eyed Pea Cowboy Caviar from Shockingly Delicious
Goan Beef Croquettes from Masala Herb
Giardiniera Salad from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Bacon Wrapped Calamari from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Krab filled Avocado Tapas from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas with Smoked Pimenton Aioli from My Other City By The Bay
Patatas Bravas from Supper for a Steal
Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Bites from The Foodie Army Wife
Agave Truffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Pear, Brie, and Honey Crostini from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Tomato Bread from girlichef
Clams in Green Sauce (Almejas en Salsa Verde) from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Roasted Tomato-Basil Flatbread from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Herb and Citrus Marinated Olives from Magnolia Days
Smoky Paprika Peppers from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Balsamic Raspberries with Mascarpone Cream from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Gambas al Ajillo from Manu’s Menu
Squid in Garlic Chili Olive Oil from Food Lust People Love
Tortilla Española from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Croquetas de Pollo from Cookin’ Mimi
Low-Carb Salmon Croquettes from Yours And Mine Are Ours
Bruschetta Topping from What Smells So Good?
Polenta Crostini Bites with Caramelized Mushrooms: Cicchetti – A Venetian Tapas Tradition from La Bella Vita Cucina
Herb Roasted Almonds from Curious Cuisiniere
Artichoke Heart and Manchego Spread on Fried Garlic Bread from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Tortillita de Camarones from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Patatas A La Riojana (Rioja-Style Potato & Chorizo Stew) from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Gambas al Ajillo y Clementina (Shrimp with Garlic and Clementines) from FoodieTots
Tortillas De Papa y Atun (Tuna and Potatoes Tortilla) from Basic N Delicious
Pocky Cake Pops from
Chorizo Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon from I Run For Wine
Manchego-Stuffed Spanish Meatballs from The Weekend Gourmet
Roast Onions with Blue Cheese and Pine Nuts from Healthy. Delicious.
Shrimp and Chorizo Tapas from The Texan New Yorker
Blueberry and Lemon Yogurt Quesada from In The Kitchen With KP
Chorizo with Spicy Sweet Potato Tapas from Soni’s Food
Chorizo and Manchego Toast Tapas from Family Foodie

If there is one thing that goes perfect with tapas, it is wine. Martin Redmond is here to give you the perfect recommendations: Best Wines To Pair With Tapas from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog. Cheers!

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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    January 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! I love this dish! What a great combo of flavors! It’s just beautiful!!!!

    • Champagne Girl
      January 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I liked them so much I made them again the next day.

  2. Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife)
    January 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Oooo….these look wonderful!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. Samantha @FerraroKitchen
    January 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Delish!!! Croquettes is on my list to make!

  4. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    January 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    You had me at “fried little balls of goodness.”

  5. Sarah
    January 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I have some step-family members who would go nuts for these!

  6. Martin D Redmond
    January 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    You’re killing me (in a great way). Your dish looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Shaina
    January 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    wow what a recipe.. you had me at manchego!

  8. Megan
    January 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    These are perfect Tracy! I hope you saved me some 🙂

    • Champagne Girl
      January 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Megan! I love anything with Serrano and cheese. 😛

  9. Tammy Northrup
    January 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Yum.. these look and sound delicious! My husband loves prosciutto so he would be in heaven.

    • Champagne Girl
      January 20, 2014 at 12:44 am

      I have always loved croquetas and can’t believe this was my first time making them. 🙂

  10. Manu
    January 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Aioli is my favourite sauce to accompany fried food and I must say that these croquettes sound terrific! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • Champagne Girl
      January 20, 2014 at 12:43 am

      thanks! they were so much fun to make and I can’t wait to make them again.

  11. Helene D'Souza
    January 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I am collecting croquettes recipes today and I love ti! I hope to get manchego cheese soon so that I can try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Champagne Girl
      January 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks for reading! These were very easy to make and beyond delicious.

  12. Liz
    January 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Your croqettes sound incredible!!! Cheese, ham, breading…what a trifecta of deliciousness!

  13. Cindys Recipes and Writings
    January 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the double chilling tip! Good call.

  14. Jennifer B
    January 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    These look amazing. Great job!! (Dan Boyle would probably marry you if he tried these.)

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