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Kingfish crudo


You'll need

100 gm cooked spanner crab meat 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped ¼ cup coarsely chopped coriander 1 golden shallot, finely chopped 1 tbsp mayonnaise Juice of ½ lime For deep-frying: vegetable oil 150 gm sashimi-grade kingfish, thinly sliced To serve: smoked salt, extra-virgin olive oil and land seaweed (see note)   Empanada dough 110 gm plain flour ¼ tsp white vinegar ¼ lightly beaten egg 15 gm unsalted butter, cut into small dice

Method

  • 01
  • For empanada dough, sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add vinegar, egg and 100ml chilled water and mix to just combine. Rub butter into flour mixture, then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead, dusting lightly with flour if dough is too sticky at first, until soft, smooth and elastic (5 minutes). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (2 hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine crab, chilli, coriander, shallot, mayonnaise and lime juice in a bowl and season to taste. Refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Preheat oil to 170C in a deep saucepan. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 2mm thick and cut into rough 2cm x 4cm strips. Deep-fry, turning occasionally, until light-golden and crisp (2-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper and set aside.
  • 04
  • Place a teaspoon of crab mixture on each pastry strip and top with a slice of kingfish. Season with smoked salt and freshly ground black pepper, drizzle with olive oil, scatter with land seaweed and serve.
Note This recipe makes about 28 pieces. Smoked salt is available from select supermarkets and grocers. Land seaweed is a delicate herb-like seaweed available from select greengrocers. If it’s unavailable, substitute baby shiso or fennel fronds.

This recipe is from the April 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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  • Serves 10 people
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  • Serves 10 people

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