On Monday I shared with you my new most favorite Southern cookbook, the Glory of Southern Cooking by James Villas. As I read through this book over and over, I am reminded of the movie about Julie that went through Julia Child’s cookbook and prepared all of the recipes and wrote a blog about it. I honestly think I could do that with this cookbook. It is so inspiring and contains so much information about food traditions all over the South.
Today I am sharing a recipe for Ham Croquettes and James also includes recipes in the book for Salmon and Turkey Croquettes. I am including James’ comments concerning the tradition of croquettes in the South and how they have gone out of style. I do not remember ever hearing about croquettes but I do remember my Mother making Salmon patties and when I read James recipe it sounds very similar. I can imagine incorporating leftover ham or turkey to prepare these and I think they would be a big hit especially for a weekday meal.
As you read James introduction to this recipe, I think you can understand why I love this book so much. James comments “that it’s high time this sapid dish underwent a rebirth in homes and restaurants.” I agree with him and I am doing my part by featuring this on my blog. For a lover of country ham I think his suggestion to make these croquettes substituting country ham is an awesome idea.
The next time I have leftover chicken or ham, I am going to make these for sure. I would definitely have to purchase country ham as there is never any of it leftover at our house. Thanks for stopping by.