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Mini Crawfish Cakes with Remoulade

Delicious as an appetizer, these bite-sized treats are a crowd-pleaser.

Cooking/Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves 40

Crawfish, Appetizer

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Creole mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (16 oz.) package crawfish tails, chopped
  • 1 cup Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter
  • 1 roasted bell pepper, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Directions

1.) In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add bell peppers, and cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and reserve.

2.) In a large bowl, add lemon juice, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, chives, red pepper, black pepper, and eggs. Whisk to combine. Add reserved onion mixture, crawfish, bread crumbs, cornmeal, and melted butter. Gently combine with a rubber spatula. Using a 1 oz. spring-loaded scoop, form crawfish mixture into balls, then slightly flatten.

3.) In the bowl of a food processor, combine red pepper, sour cream, basil, and olive oil. Pulse until combined and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.

4.) In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbsp. oil over medium to medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook cakes 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown and beginning to crisp. Using a fish spatula, flip cakes, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat, and let cool on a wire rack. Serve with reserved red pepper remoulade.