...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 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
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.