Fried soft-shell crabs

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
4.00 large soft-shell crabs; cleaned, and rinsed
1 \N ; gently in cool water
½ cup crystal hot sauce
1.00 cup crawfish mashed potatoes; see * note
½ cup flour
1.00 cup dried fine bread crumbs
1 \N emeril's essence; see * note
2.00 \N eggs; beaten
2.00 tablespoon milk
1.00 cup sauteed spinach
1 \N (saute with olive oil; garlic, shallots,
1 \N and with salt and pepper to taste)
1.00 cup tasso hollandaise sauce; hot, see * note
2.00 tablespoon chopped chives

* Note: See the "Crawfish Mashed Potatoes", "Emeril's Essence Information" and "Tasso Hollandaise Sauce" recipes which are included in this collection.

Preheat the fryer. Marinate the soft-shells in the hot sauce for 20 minutes. Remove the soft-shells from the sauce. Stuff each soft-shell with about ¼ cup of the Crawfish Mash Potatoes. ** Place the stuffing in the soft pocket above the body of the soft-shell. Season the flour and bread crumbs with Essence. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Season the mixture with Essence.

Dredge the soft-shells in the flour. Dip the soft-shells in the egg wash, letting any excess drip off. Dredge the soft-shells in the bread crumbs, coating each side completely. Hold the body of the crab with the claw and legs hanging down over the hot oil and carefully drop it in. Fry until golden brown, flipping the crabs with tongs 2 to 3 times to brown evenly. The crabs will float to the surface of the oil when they are cooked. Remove from the fryer and drain on paper-lined plate. Season the crabs with Essence. Mound the spinach in the center of the plate. Lay the crabs on top of the spinach.

Spoon the Hollandaise over the crabs and around the plate. Garnish with chives. This recipe yields 4 servings.

Recipe Source: ESSENCE OF EMERIL with Emeril Lagasse From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # EE-2433 broadcast 09-30-1996) Downloaded from their Web-Site -

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Recipe by: Emeril Lagasse

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