Crawfish Boulettes with Creole Tartar Sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 pound peeled crawfish tails or 1 pound cooked and peeled shrimp
- 5 slices stale bread, broken into small pieces
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups dried fine bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Emeril's Bayou Blast, plus more for seasoning, recipe follows
- Solid vegetable shortening or vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Creole Tartar Sauce, recipe follows
- Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Creole Tartar Sauce:
- 1 egg*
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon Creole or whole-grain mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
In a food processor with a metal blade, combine the onions, peppers, celery, garlic, crawfish tails, bread pieces and egg together. Pulse the mixture a few times to finely chop the mixture. Do not puree. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the green onions and parsley. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
Fill a large, heavy stockpot or saucepan with shortening or oil to a depth of 3 inches. Preheat oil to 360 degrees F.
Shape the mixture into small balls, about 1 tablespoon each. Season the bread crumbs with the 1 tablespoon of Bayou Blast. Roll the balls into the seasoned bread crumbs. Fry the boulettes until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with additional Bayou Blast. Serve hot with Creole Tartar Sauce.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cupCreole Tartar Sauce:
Put the egg, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and green onions in a food processor and puree for 15 seconds. With the processor running, pour the oil through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream. Add the cayenne, mustard, and salt and pulse once or twice to blend.
Cover and let sit for 1 hour in the refrigerator before using. Best if used within 24 hours.
Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2005