Crispy Brady Family Ham & Potato Croquettes

Brady Family Ham have challenged me this festive season to come up with a recipe that creates new Christmas traditions! Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate family, friends and food.

I know a lot of you get really worried about Christmas dinner, making sure everyone’s preferences are catered for and trying to keep all the food warm. There is a lot to do, to prepare and to cook. This is why Brady Family Ham have come to the rescue for you all. Not only by providing a great quality Irish ham to buy for the big feast but also by baking and glazing it to perfection in a mustard and brown sugar sauce This means far more time to spend with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen. I was lucky enough to sample the ham myself and it is delicious. I even brought it home to Tipperary to my family and my Mam even thought it was as nice as hers!!

To order your Brady Family Ham for your Christmas feast, don’t delay as final orders are taken by December 16th with delivery to your home on December 20th. Use the discount code “Delalicious10” at the checkout for a special discount!! The ham comes delivered in chilled packaging so all you need is space in your fridge!

I personally prefer Christmas dinner on day two. So much food has been cooked on the 25th that a replica dinner is always on the cards come St.Stephen’s Day in our house. A baked ham is a firm favourite alongside the turkey with my family. The leftover ham is perfect for stuffing into sandwiches, adding to salads or using up in my Crispy Ham & Potato Croquettes.

These croquettes are incredibly easy to make, can be made ahead of time and make a nice addition to any feast or as a snack with nibbles and drinks over the festive season!

Makes 15 croquettes.

  • 270g potatoes, peeled and washed or leftover mashed potatoes
  • 200g leftover Brady Family Ham, chopped into small chunks
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 100g hard cheese like gruyere, feta or cheddar, chopped into chunks
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 100ml milk
  • 25g butter
  • 50g oats, blitzed in a food processor into a rough flour like substance (lumpy bits are good!)
  • oil
  • To serve: tomato relish, pesto, sour cream
  1. Steam the potatoes until soft through. Mash the potatoes and allow to cool fully.
  2. Place the ham, spring onion, cheese and cooled mashed potatoes together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the butter with the milk in a saucepan over a low heat or in the microwave on medium for 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour the milk into the potatoes, stirring as you go until well combined.
  5. Leave the mixture to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F and place the blitzed oats on a plate. 
  7. Shape tablespoonfuls of the potato mixture in your hands into a sausage shape before rolling in the blitzed oats to coat on all sides and place on a baking tray. Continue until all the mixture is used. If you are preparing ahead, keep the croquettes in the fridge until required, they will stay fresh for up to 3 days once stored in a sealed container.
  8. Brush some oil over the croquettes and bake in the oven for 12 minutes before placing under the grill for 7 minutes to crisp up.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. The croquettes tend to spread a little so reshape once cool and dunk into your favourite dip.

*This recipe is part of a paid collaboration with Brady Family Ham.*Crispy Brady Family Ham & Potato Croquettes; Delalicious; Sinead Delahunty

Happy cooking,
Sinéad
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