- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
Excellent Crab Croquettes
Our crab croquettes can be made well before service and be ready to serve in the time it takes to fry them. Serve with a simple salad, lemon wedges and a chilled white wine and you have a lunch meal perfect for those Summer days ahead.
For the crab croquettes
Melt the butter in a pan and fry the onion until golden brown. Stir in the flour and cook for a few seconds before gradually whisking in the milk. Whisk until the sauce is glossy and thick. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Beat in the tomato purée, mustard, nutmeg, salt and plenty of pepper. Cool a little then stir in the brown crab meat then the white and adjust seasoning. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and cover with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Cool, then chill for 3-4 hours until thickened.
When ready to cook, remove the cling film and make about 15 quenelles using two dessert spoons to form the mixture into small ovals. Beat the eggs lightly in a bowl. Scatter half the breadcrumbs into a bowl.
Dip each crab quenelle into the egg and then coat evenly in breadcrumbs. They are delicate so handle gently. Put on a baking tray. After 10 croquettes have been prepared, tip out the used breadcrumbs – these will have become sticky and lumpy – and replace them with the remaining breadcrumbs (at this point you can chill the croquettes until just before it is time to serve).
Fill a large pan no more than one third with sunflower oil and heat to 180c or until a cube of bread browns in 2 minutes. Using a metal slotted spoon, carefully lower five crab cakes at a time into the hot oil and cook for about 2½ minutes until the coating is golden brown and the filling melted into a soft, unctuous sauce. Keep warm while the remainder are cooked. Serve hot with salad and wedges of lemon for squeezing. Good with a glass of chilled white wine or a Pilsner beer.
For our crab croquettes we use Pacific West’s Blue Swimmer Crab Meat. This has been fully cooked and chilled and ‘ready to go’.
Product number: 4710, 4711, 4712
Pack size: 6 x 227g
Image courtesy Olive magazine
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