Soft-Shelled Crab Hand Roll (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Soft-Shelled Crab Hand Roll (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce, lemon juice, and horseradish and stir to combine well. Set aside.
  2. Hold one sheet of seaweed in your hand and with the other hand (fingers should be damp) scoop a small handful of rice and press onto seaweed, leaving 2 of the diagonal corners free of rice (these will be the top and bottom of the handroll). Lay 2 pieces of soft-shell crab, several slices of avocado, and some of the cucumber on top of the rice, and sprinkle with scallions and baby cress. Carefully begin rolling the roll, ice cream cone-fashion. If the roll does not stay closed on its own, you can either wet one edge or place a few stray pieces of rice to act as a glue . Serve immediately, with some of the sauce spooned over the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Tempura Soft-shell Crabs:
  4. Preheat the deep-fat fryer.
  5. To clean the crabs, remove the tail, gills, and eyes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Whisk together the essence, egg, flour, cornstarch, soda water, salt, and pepper into a smooth batter. Dip the soft-shell into the tempura batter, shaking off any excess. Remove the basket from the fryer. First, carefully holding the top of the crab, drag the legs through the oil first, for 1 minute. This will allow the individual legs to fry separately instead together. Then lay the soft-shell, top-side-down, into the oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden, flip the soft-shell over and continue frying for additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the fryer and allow to drain on a paper-lined plate.
  7. Mitsuko's Perfect Sushi Rice:
  8. In a large bowl, add rice and cover with lots of water. Stir rice in water with your hands, then pour off most of the water, and agitate 10 to 15 times by quickly moving your hand back and forth, swishing rice against side of bowl. Rinse the rice several more times, until the water that drains off of the rice is almost clear. Transfer the rice to a colander and let drain for 1 hour, undisturbed. Transfer the rice to a rice cooker, add the water, cover, and cook as directed by manufacturer?s directions.
  9. While the rice is cooking, bring rice vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan, and then remove from the heat. Add sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. When rice is done, allow cooked rice to remain in rice cooker for 10 minutes. Transfer rice to a large shallow mixing bowl (traditionally a wooden tub, called a hangiri), so that rice forms a mound in the center of the bowl. Using a diagonal slicing motion, gently cut into rice with a wooden paddle (called a kijakushi), and pour cooled vinegar mixture over top of rice. ?Cut? rice several times to evenly distribute vinegar mixture, then allow to cool. Gently turn rice over from time to time with paddle so that rice cools evenly. You might want to consider using a fan if time is of the essence. When rice has cooled to body temperature, it is ready to use for sushi rolls. Rice can be kept at the proper temperature by placing it in an insulated container such as a small ice chest, covered with a damp kitchen towel.
  11. Yield: enough rice for at least 7 large rolls (futomaki)
  12. Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning): 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  13. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  14. Yield: about 2/3 cup
  15. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
  16. Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  17. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  18. Yield: about 2/3 cup
  19. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking , by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1264.58 Kcal (5295 kJ)
Calories from fat 274.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30.51g 47%
Cholesterol 63.3mg 21%
Sodium 6953.98mg 290%
Potassium 1183.78mg 25%
Total Carbs 221.58g 74%
Sugars 10.23g 41%
Dietary Fiber 10.8g 43%
Protein 28.67g 57%
Vitamin C 11.3mg 19%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 16mg 89%
Calcium 297.7mg 30%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 119.85 Kcal (502 kJ)
Calories from fat 26.03 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.89g 47%
Cholesterol 6mg 21%
Sodium 659.06mg 290%
Potassium 112.19mg 25%
Total Carbs 21g 74%
Sugars 0.97g 41%
Dietary Fiber 1.02g 43%
Protein 2.72g 57%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 19%
Iron 1.5mg 89%
Calcium 28.2mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 27
  • 34

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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