crab tater tots

prep time:  15 minutes
cook time:  10 minutes
servings:  35 tater tots

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 large egg
1 cup mashed potatoes
canola oil
1/2 pound lump crab meat
panko bread crumbs

1.  in a small saucepan, combine the butter with 1/4 cup water over high heat.  when the water comes to a simmer and the butter is melted, add the flour.  reduce the hat to medium and stir until the resulting paste pulls away from the sides of the pan, 1 - 2 minutes.  remove from heat.  allow to cool for 5 minutes.  add the egg to the pan and stir vigorously until the egg is incorporated into the flour mixture.  stir in the mashed potatoes and let cool.

2.  pour enough oil into a medium pot so that the oil comes 3 inches up the sides.  heat the oil to 350 degrees.

3.  while the oil heats, gently fold the crab into the potato mixture, the lumpier the batter, the better.  using two soup spoons, shape the mixture into quenelles, or 2-inch footballs.  roll in the panko.  deep-fry, working in batches and turning once, until crisp, brown and heated through, 2 - 3 minutes.  drain on paper towels and season with salt.

- food network

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