I devised these little spicy ham and cheese croquettes as my yummy solution when I realized I made way too much Spanish style rice for dinner the other day. Croquettes are always such a fantastic way to use up leftover rice or potatoes. It was the same principal as my beloved Italian rice balls. Since the rice was already Spanish style, I decided to take these in a spicy direction and they came out even better than I ever could have hoped! Don’t you just love when leftovers get reinvented into something incredible and new?
Any food that is pan fried is best served immediately, so that’s what I did. Oh my goodness, these spicy ham and cheese croquettes were little bombs of huge flavor! The exterior was crispy with the creamy, spicy pepper jack in the center. They were spicy but not too spicy. I dipped mine in my favorite salsa and that addition of tomato flavor just sent these babies over the top! They were a perfect snack before Marc and I had dinner. Enjoy!