A few years back, when I was at Our State Magazine, the idea was tossed about to create a newfangled version of the seafood platter. Now we all know that our traditional seafood platter will always take top billing, but it was fun to imagine something outside the box. Hence… these 2 ideas.
First up, my Crab Hushpuppy Waffle! This is really quite delicious. It’s basically deviled crab, fried crispy in a waffle form. I have made these waffles several times since creation, and always enjoy them; y’all know I love any things crispy. They are nice with a creamy sauce for you Ranch Dressing folks… or with something a little sweet and spicy too, like a hot pepper jelly. These are fun to make ahead for a crowd… and pair nicely with cold beer. You can make/freeze and heat up in your oven or quickly in toaster oven for your gatherings. Serve with one of the above ideas, or with cocktail or tarter sauce.
Next up… Pickled Seafood Medley ~ a sort of ceviche! This one is for those who enjoy raw/pickled fish and seafoods. I like on occasion, but not my personal first choice.
For those who love seafoody things… don’t miss my Spicy Citrus Seafood Cocktail too!
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Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffle
- 2 cups hushpuppy mix
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil (I like Carolina Gold Oils)
- ½ cup finely diced celery
- ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
- ½ cup finely diced sweet onion
- 1 cup club soda or seltzer
- ½ cup cooked lump crabmeat
- In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients. In another bowl, stir together remaining ingredients except crab.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir to blend. Gently fold in crab. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes while the waffle iron heats.
- Preheat waffle iron on highest setting. Once heated, grease the iron with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Spoon mixture onto hot iron, spreading into a thin layer with the back of a spoon. Close iron and check at 5 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on waffle irons.
- For softer, cake-like waffles, remove and keep warm in oven when lightly browned (about 5 minutes). For crispier waffles, spread batter thinner and cook longer, until a dark chestnut brown (about 10 minutes).
Pickled Seafood Medley
- 2 pounds resh fish and shellfish, such as medium cleaned shrimp, bay scallops, squid, and firm fish (such as tuna, snapper, mahimahi, or sea bass), rinsed and cut into ¼-inch cubes
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup pickle juice
- 2 tablespoons local honey
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon pickling spice, tied in cheesecloth
- ½ cup diced watermelon rind pickle
- ½ cup okra pickle, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 large peach, peeled and diced
- 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- In a nonreactive (glass or stainless steel)bowl, combine lime juice, pineapple juice, pickle juice, honey, salt, pepper, and pickling spices to create a brine.
- Put fish and seafood into large nonreactive bowl. Pour brine over seafood. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours, until the seafood is firm and opaque. The brine will “cook” the seafood, but if preferred, blanch before adding the brine.
- About 2 hours before serving, stir in pickles, vegetables, fruit, and parsley. Serve chilled and keep cool.