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Nannie's Shrimp Croquettes

Yield 8 servings
A perfectly-fried shrimp croquette can be an incredible appetizer with cajun flair. Go ahead and make a double batch because these bites will disappear quick.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups chopped cooked shrimp
  • 1 3/4 cups saltine crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in onion and next 4 ingredients. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 egg and shrimp. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  2. Shape shrimp mixture into 16 balls. Roll in saltine crumbs, dip in 2 beaten eggs, and roll again in saltine crumbs.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven, and heat to 375°. Fry croquettes 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels.