Sunset reader Herbert Roebuck of Clovis, California, suggests chilling the formed crab balls for an hour or up to 1 day, if you have time, to make them easier to roll in panko. They're delicious served with tartar sauce in addition to the hot sauce.
Sunset FEBRUARY 2012
1. Sauté onions in butter in a medium frying pan over high heat until softened, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl. Add mustard, garlic powder, salt, crab, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup panko and stir until blended.
2. Form mixture into 8 balls and set them on an oiled baking sheet. Whisk remaining egg with 2 tbsp. water on a small plate. Put remaining 1/2 cup panko on another plate. Dip balls in egg, then roll in panko.
3. Meanwhile, pour oil into a medium pot, insert a deep-fry thermometer, and heat over high heat to 350°. Cook 3 or 4 balls in oil at a time, turning often, until medium brown, 4 minutes. Transfer croquettes to paper towels. Serve with hot sauce.
Nutritional analysis is per croquette.
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