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:
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.
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
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.