(WSVN) - A South Florida chef shares a recipe of a classic Cuban treat, and he says if you make it right, your abuela will be impressed. Time to grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Reinier Mendez  
The Restaurant: La Romanita, Hialeah
The Dish: Mediodia Croquetas

1 lb. Smoked ham
¼ lb. Gouda cheese
8 oz Flour
8 oz Butter (unsalted)
8 oz Whole milk
4 oz Small diced dill pickles
4 oz Small diced yellow onions
Microgreens for garnish
Eggs and breadcrumbs for breading

1 cup Mayonnaise
¼ cup Ketchup
3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 pinch Ground black pepper

Method of Preparation:

  • Put the butter in the pot and set the stove in medium heat and whisk until butter is melted, add the pickles, onions and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add flour and continue whisking. When mixture is completed add the milk and continue whisking until the ingredients become a solid creamy base.
  • When the mixture is completed add the shredded ham, cheese, and mix until a dough is created.
  • Put the mixture in a flat pan and let it chill in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
  • Once the mix is cold, scoop the mix with the ice cream scooper, and mold into a small ball by hand.
  • In a small bowl whisk eggs, and in another separate bowl add breadcrumbs.
  • Pass each ball through the whisked egg mixture, then through the breadcrumbs, and hand mold them again.
  • Set fryer at 350° and cook until golden brown.

To Plate:

Spread the sauce on the bottom of a plate and place croquetas. Garnish with microgreens.

La Romanita Restaurant and Lounge
7755 W 4th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

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