Spicy Fish Croquettes on Cucumber Rounds

Spicy Fish Croquettes on Cucumber Rounds

Buy Rituals and Celebrations by B. Smith8 ounces cooked fresh or canned salmon
8 ounces cup crabmeat
3/4 cup creamy mashed potatoes
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil for frying
1 large cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Chili Mayonnaise (recipe follows)
Dill sprigs for garnish

In a large bowl, combine the salmon, crab, mashed potatoes, and seasonings. Shape into 1/2-inch round patties. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and fry the croquettes, without overcrowding, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Heat more oil as needed for the next batch. Keep warm while cooking the remaining croquettes.

On each cucumber round, spread some Chili Mayonnaise and top with a croquette. Garnish with a sprig of dill.

CHILI MAYONNAISE
YIELDS 1/2 CUP

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh jalapeño pepper
Few drops Tabasco sauce

In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients.

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Excerpted from B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations by Barbara Smith Copyright© 1999 by Barbara Smith. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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