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.

Leanne McMullen, Natchez, Mississippi
Recipe by Southern Living December 1998

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Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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