Shrimp Croquettes (Croquetas de Camarones)

Chef Rigo's Croquetas De Camarones is loaded with a wonderful slither of the delicate and saltySerrano ham and a thick and creamy Bechamel sauce that sits in a crispy crumb shell. With a succulently seared lemony garlic shrimp, this is amazing-looking finger food that's ideal for that special cocktail party in two delectable bites and no mess.

Mediterranean cuisine
Medium
SERVING: 4 People
TIME: 50 min
COOKING TIME: 25 min
INGREDIENTS:
  • Bechamel sauce
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 ea. Brown onion, diced
  • cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg, grated
  • 2 tsp Thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • Crispy Coating
  • 2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 3 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 large Lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 6 oz. Shrimp
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • ½ tbsp Butter
  • 1 large Lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • ½ large Lemon juice
  • Assemble
  • 6 slices Serrano ham
DIRECTIONS:
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
Bechamel sauce: In a medium heat pan melt the butter and saute the onion until translucent. Add the flour cook for a 1 minute season then gradually add the milk cooking for a few minutes. Followed by the nutmeg and thyme, season with salt and pepper and allow the sauce to cool and set semi-solid. (Note: you can make the day before.)
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
Croquettes: In three separate bowls place: Flour, eggwash, and breadcrumb (add the zest and chopped parsley to the crumbs) roll the bechamel into 1 inch sized balls do the flour eggwash and crumbing to each ball.
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
Deep Fry the balls in 350°F/180°C hot oil yielding a deep golden crispy coating lay on kitchen paper.
Step 4
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Step 4
Shrimps: Heat a medium skillet with a little oil saute the garlic gently. Add the shrimps, butter. Cook the shrimps for 2-3 minutes on either side they finish with a squeeze of lemon and a scattering of parsley.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Skewers: Place each shrimp on top of the croquet followed by a ribbon of sliced serrano ham. serve.
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Step 6
Enjoy!