cheese and ham balls

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There’s nothing like a cheese and ham panini when you’re on holiday is there? I don’t know why but that combo is so good, but it just is.

So instead of a panini, on this occasion I’ve encased my cheese and ham within a crispy, golden ball – just to mix it up a little yano. I’ve creatively named this recipe….my cheese and ham balls. Original I know. Simple flavours but with a big impact. Give it a go and let me know if these bitesize balls can compete with the mighty panini.

I used a combination of Red Leicester and extra mature cheddar but you can mix it up and use whatever cheeses you fancy.

Serve your balls up on a bed of salad to give the illusion of health. This then technically counts as a salad.

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metric imperial
  • 1 1/2oz Red Leicester, grated
  • 40g Red Leicester, grated
  • 1 1/2oz extra mature cheddar, grated
  • 40g extra mature cheddar, grated
  • 3 1/4oz smoked wafer ham, chopped
  • 90g smoked wafer ham, chopped
  • 3oz butter, pulse extra for dusting
  • 80g butter, pulse extra for dusting
  • 3 1/4oz plain flour
  • 90g plain flour
  • 5fl oz milk
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 3/4oz breadcrumbs
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 1/2fl oz vegetable oil
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 2 salad tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 salad tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 little gem lettuce, chopped
  • 1 little gem lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 of a cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 of a cucumber, chopped


  1. First, in a saucepan add the butter to melt.
  2. Mix in the flour until it forms a dough.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk, continue to mix the whole time.
  4. Stir through the grated cheese and ham and pour into a container and leave to set in the fridge until cool.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Once cool, roll the mixture into any shape you fancy. I’ve done balls but you could do logs too (Make enough for 3 per person).
  7. In three separate bowls have one with the extra flour, one with the beaten egg and one with the breadcrumbs.
  8. Roll the cheesy mixture in flour. Then egg. Then breadcrumbs. Then egg again. Lastly back into breadcrumbs, this is called a ‘double panne’.
  9. In a frying pan add the oil a heat on medium to high heat.
  10. Add the breadcrumbed balls to the pan and cook until golden all over. You might have to do this in batches as you don't want to overcrowd the pan.
  11. Once they are all done, place them on a baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes to warm all the way through.
  12. Make your salad and serve up your crunchy croquettes. Enjoy!