June 14, 2010

Cajun Fried Crab Balls


They're bigger than you think...

...well, at least for those of you wondering, these balls are anyway.

Fried and served for years in Acadian country, these tasty treats are made from what the land and waterways provided during our earlier beginnings down here in the south. It's what we cook up and eat at parties and festivals and when friends come a calling.

These are wonderful served with shrimp or crawfish stews, bisques and the likes of jambalaya and etouffee dishes. They also make great little dippers ~ just make 'em about tablespoon size for bite size morsels. Come on, make up a batch and celebrate the heritage of our south. Let me know and I’ll be right over. Enjoy!

Fried Crab Balls
2 medium white potatoes, peeled and grated
2 pounds crabmeat (or shrimp or crawfish)
1 small onion, grated (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup finely minced celery
1/4 cup grated bell pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh parley
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 cup plain flour
Fish fry meal, Panko or plain bread crumbs
Oil for deep frying
    Clean and pick through the crabmeat, break up any large pieces. If using shrimp or crawfish, run through a meat grinder or food processor.

    Mix the crabmeat with the vegetables and seasonings. Add the egg and mix well, add the flour and incorporate until fully blended.

    Gather about 2 tablespoons in your hand and roll mixture into a ball. Roll each ball into the fish fry meal. Place on a pan and refrigerate for an hour or so to set.

    Heat oil to 370 degrees. Add several balls at a time and fry until golden brown. Drain and enjoy this all time classic.

    Serve with slices of lemon and your favorite sauces or try any of my favorites: Creole Rémoulade Sauce, Creole Tartar Sauce or Tabasco Cocktail Sauce.

    16 comments :

    1. This sounds like a perfect appetizer.

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    2. I love crab balls... usually there is way too much potato though...yours do not seem to suffer from that malady! Thanks for another great dish!

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    3. great appetizer sounds perfect for a starter anytime~

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    4. Those sound really good! Forget the starters, I could make an entire meal of them all by themselves.

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    5. Oh, those sure do look really good - nice and golden and crunchy.

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    6. you love your seafood and I love reading them all. I just need patience with the crab

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    7. I'm thinking this would fair well as a main dish.. I'll take 5 lbs of this, thank you very much :o)

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    8. perfect summer seafood appetizer. these look delicious!

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    9. These sound super delicious, definitely a must have appetizer at a summer party!

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    10. Crab balls are one of my faves and these look fab! I could polish off a dozen of these, easy!

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    11. lol, i am still picking myself up off the floor from laughing at your opening lines!! well, regardless of size, i am sure these crab balls are big on flavor ... hey, you started it. ; )

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    12. Lovely dish Drick. You always make me laugh. What a funny intro there.

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    13. As always, your recipes are amazing. I love the new look! Very nice!

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    14. I love these crab balls, I would enjoy them over a nice salad..yum

      sweetlife

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    15. YUM-MEE! Can't wait to try these out!

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