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Crabmeat Bites

Yield 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh backfin crabmeat, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup commercial cracker meal
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine crabmeat and next 10 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Stir in dry breadcrumbs until crabmeat mixture holds shape when formed into a ball. Shape crabmeat mixture into balls using about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball, and coat each ball evenly with cracker meal.

  2. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry crabmeat balls, a few at a time, 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels.