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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Dirty Rice Cakes with Crawfish Mardi Gras Mix

The rice cakes can be made two days in advance, the topping one day in advance. After you have browned the dirty rice cakes, you can hold them in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Ingredients

3 cups dirty rice, cooled
¼ cup green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup coarse bread crumbs
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
¼ cup unsalted butter

Crawfish Mardi Gras Mix

1 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup red onion, minced
¼ cup red pepper, diced
¼ cup green pepper, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp creole seasoning
¼ pound cleaned crawfish tails, chopped fine
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

In a food processor, pulse 1 1 /2  cups of the dirty rice (Do not make a paste, the rice should just begin to resemble coarse bread crumbs).

Place pureed rice in a mixing bowl with the remaining rice, green onions, parsley, eggs and plain bread crumbs crumbs. Mix well.

Form into 1 1 /2-inch round patties approximately 3 /4-inch thick. Gently bread the cakes using the Italian bread crumbs.

In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat and brown cakes on both sides. Place browned cakes on a baking sheet.

Bake the cakes for 8-10 minutes.

Top warm rice cakes with crawfish mixture and heat for 5 more minutes.

Place on serving dish and top with a small dollop of red-pepper aioli.

Yield: 20 cakes

Crawfish Mardi Gras Mix

Heat olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers, garlic, salt, and creole seasoning and cook 4-5 minutes. Let cool. Combine cooled vegetables, crawfish, sour cream and parmesan cheese.

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