Crab Beignets

Crab Beignets
Staff Writer
Crab Beignets

Restaurant R'evolution

Crab Beignets

Down-home, honest cooking gets a bit of a gourmet flair in this appetizer recipe. A bit of beer in the batter never hurts, and we use a touch of Abita Amber to thicken the batter slightly and give it extra flavor.

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Ingredients

For the batter

  • 1  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4  Tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1  Tablespoon  baking powder
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  pepper
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1  Cup  Abita Amber, plus more as needed

For the filling

  • 1/4  Pound  jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 1/4  Pound  crab clawmeat
  • 1/2  Cup  mascarpone
  • 2  Tablespoons  Creole cream cheese
  • 1/4  Cup  thinly sliced chives
  • 1  Tablespoon  finely diced shallot
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • Pinch of  black pepper
  • Pinch of  cayenne
  • 3  Tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

For the batter

In a bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the beer slowly until the batter is just thicker than pancake batter; if too thick, add a little more beer. Set aside, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 hours.

For the filling

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients except for the oil together in medium-sized bowl and form into ½-ounce balls. Place on the baking sheet. Freeze.

When ready to fry the beignets, heat 1 ½ inches oil to 350 degrees in a deep sauté pan. Drop the crab filling balls in the batter and lift out with a teaspoon. Gently drop them into the oil and fry until golden brown and hot all the way through, about 4-5 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
28mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
31g
24%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
17µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
145mg
15%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
18µg
5%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
22mg
7%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
129mg
18%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
507mg
34%
Water
51g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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Crab Cooking Tip

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