Crab Croquetas

Hola!

As you may already know, I was born and raised in Spain, and adopted the USA as my new home a few years ago. And just a few short months ago, I became a US Citizen as well! So now I have a dual citizenship, I am both Spanish and American. Hurray! 

I love different cultures. Today’s dish definitely shows it, as it’s a blend of my old culture and my new one. Crab Croquetas. Crab from the Chesapeake and the Croquetas from Spain. I am so lucky to live near the Chesapeake Bay (specifically Maryland.) Crab season is on here! Woohoo! 

Croquetas are one of the most popular and typical tapas in Spain, I have different recipes for croquetas: chicken, ham and cheese, cod, squid, and today, crab! You definitely won’t find these in Spain. These are my take on Crab Cakes, which are one of the most popular and typical (and delicious) things to eat in the Chesapeake region.

Old Bay is a blend of herbs and spices and its originally from Baltimore, Maryland 

To make these delicious croquetas you can use the leftover crab meat from picking crabs (as I have done) or buy the crab meat from your local market.  The fresher, the better.

Ingredients (makes 20 to 25 croquetas): 

  • 1 medium onion, diced 
  • 2 cups Maryland blue crabmeat (or your local crab) (12 oz)
  • 1 ½ cups warm milk (I used whole milk)
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons flour 
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay spice
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs 
  • 3 cups neutral (vegetable or canola) oil 
  • Cook the onion on medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil until it gets browned. Add a pinch of salt and transfer to a plate. 
  • In the same pan, melt the butter and 2 tablespoons of flour, whisk until fully combined. Add the warm milk and the Old Bay, whisk until fully combined and it gets thicker. 
  • Add the onion and the crabmeat and fold in the white sauce. If it looks too liquidy, add the extra tablespoon of flour. 
  • Transfer the mixture to a plate. Once at room temperature, wrap in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour. *Important* The mixture has to be cold before you start shaping it into croquetas. 
  • After the dough has rested, whisk the eggs in one bowl and pour the breadcrumbs onto another large plate.
  • Shape the mixture into small croquettes with a small spoon.
  • Dip them first into the egg mixture, then roll them in the breadcrumbs.
  • Time to fry them! It is super fast. It takes about 3 minutes total for each batch of croquetas. Be sure to turn them to evenly cook each side.
  • Remove the croquetas and let them rest on a paper towel to cool and remove excess oil. Season with salt/pepper or sprinkle on more Old Bay!

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make them! Thanks!

Bon profit! 

Crab Croquetas

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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