Crab Molotes with California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

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 Crab Molotes with California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

For a crispy treat, try these quickly fried, bullet-shaped turn-overs filled with smoky crabmeat. Serve them with Tomatillo-California Avocado Salsa.


Serves: 6
cups  salsa verde (see make-ahead recipe below)
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled and seeded
  As needed  kosher salt
    Salsa Verde
cup  baby arugula leaves
1/4  bunch  flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  sprigs marjoram leaves, coarsely chopped
  orange, zested
  anchovy fillet, rinsed well
  clove garlic
1/2  tsp.  pepper
1/4  tsp.  salt
1/4  cup  extra-virgin olive oil
    Molotes Filling
lb.  lump crabmeat, picked over
1/4  cup  high-quality mayonnaise
1/4  cup  crème fraîche or sour cream
Tbsp.  chopped flat-leaf parsley
Tbsp.  snipped fresh chives
Tbsp.  Dijon mustard
tsp.  freshly squeezed lemon juice
tsp.  hot smoked paprika, such as Pimentón de la Vera
  As needed  Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    Crab Molotes
lb.  masa harina
cups  warm water
1/2  Tbsp.  salt
cups  vegetable oil, for deep-fat frying
  As needed  Coarse sea salt, to garnish
  Crab Molotes Filling (see make-ahead recipe above)
  As needed  California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa (see make-ahead recipe above)

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa
Prepare this salsa fresh each time before serving.

  1. Combine 2 cups of salsa verde in the jar of an electric blender, with avocado and purée until smooth; season to taste with salt.

Salsa Verde Instructions

  1. Pulse the arugula leaves, parsley, marjoram, basil, orange zest, anchovy, garlic, pepper, salt, and olive oil in a food processor until blended and chunky-smooth.

Molotes Filling Instructions

  1. In a bowl, gently stir the crab, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, parsley, chives, mustard, lemon juice, and paprika together until just blended. Don’t over mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

Crab Molotes Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the masa harina, water and salt together into a smooth, uniform-textured dough that doesn’t stick to your hands, about 10 minutes; slowly add more water, if needed. Roll the dough into golf ball–size balls (about 2 ounces each).
  2. Using a tortilla maker lined on the top and inside bottom with plastic wrap press each ball into a disk about 4 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter. Otherwise, pat them out with your fingers. Fill each with a rounded tablespoon of the filling, fold the dough over to cover the filling, seal the edges tightly, and form into a bullet shape.
  3. Pour about 3 inches of oil into a large deep skillet or deep fat fryer and heat until hot, about 375˚F on an instant-read thermometer. Add about 4 molotes at a time so the oil remains hot; cook until golden brown and hot in the center, about 3 minutes. Carefully remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, sprinkle with coarse salt. The molotes may be kept in a slow oven for up to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve topped with California Avocado Tomatillo Salsa.

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Ivy Stark

Recipe created by chef Ivy Stark for the California Avocado Commission

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