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Ham and Cheese Croquettes with Sausage Gravy
Croquettes are something that have been on my culinary “to make” list for as long as I can remember. At my age, that isn’t very long! Actually according to my hubby, I remember everything and never forget a thing:) I recently entered Clifty Farms Recipe Contest using their fantastic ham products. Ham and Cheese Croquettes with Sausage Gravy the sausage gravy part was my hubby’s suggestion, the perfect mix of flavors.
What is a Croquette?
Croquette pronounced [kroh-KEHT] not croquet like the yard game, is a mixture of minced meat or vegetables in a thick white sauce. Seasonings are added and the mixture is formed into small cylinders, ovals or rounds. The cylinders are dipped into beaten egg and then breadcrumbs. Croquettes are usually deep-fried until crisp and brown but this recipe calls for baking the croquettes.
Sausage Gravy is a traditional Southern breakfast dish in the United States. Ground pork sausage is cooked in a skillet and removed. A roux is made by browning flour in the pork fat left in the skillet. Milk and seasonings, such as salt and pepper are added to create a moderately thick gravy. The cooked sausage is added back to the skillet until heated through. Occasionally cayenne pepper or spicy sausage are used to make a spicier gravy.
Sausage gravy is traditionally served as part of the dish biscuits and gravy. Often accompanied by other typical Southern breakfast a fare such fried eggs, fried apples, sliced tomatoes and country-style bacon or ham. A combination gravy is a variation sausage gravy but made with bacon and sausage to make the gravy. Gravy made this way is slightly darker in color than straight sausage gravy and carries the flavor of the bacon.