Curried French Fry/Crabcake Charlotte
For the Moroccan BBQ Sauce
- 2 1/2 cups honey
- 1 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 star anise pods
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cardamom, ground
- 1 tablespoon green peppercorns
- 1 heaping tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cloves, whole
- 1 teaspoon mace, ground
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped
For the Scallion Coulis
- 6 bunches scallions, chopped
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
For the Curry Oil:
- 6 cups peanut oil
- 4 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
- 3 shallots, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
- Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
For the French Fries
- 6 cups curry oil
- 3 Idaho® potatoes, peeled and cut into
- French fries
For the Filling:
- 4 ounces scallops
- 2 tablespoon butter, softened
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, grated zest
- 3/4 lb jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
- Flour, egg wash and breadcrumbs for breading
- Fried cilantro and pink peppercorns for garnish
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce by half.
- Strain through a chinos or cheesecloth and set aside. You will have more sauce than you need for this dish.
- Blanch the chopped scallions in boiling salted water for 1 minute. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
- Place the blanched scallions in a food processor with the olive oil and chicken stock and puree until smooth.
- Transfer this mixture to a saucepan and add the butter, salt and pepper. Heat, stirring constantly, until well combined. Set aside and keep warm.
- Heat 4 tablespoons of the peanut oil in a heavy saucepan. Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the reaming oil) and sauté over very low heat, stirring frequently for 2 minutes.
- Add the remaining oil and simmer for an additional 10 minutes over very low heat. Allow the ingredients to settle to the bottom of the pan. Strain the oil through a cheesecloth or coffee filter, leaving the sediment in the pan. Set aside.
- Heat the Curry Oil to 275°F in a heavy saucepan. Blanch the French fries in the oil for 2-3 minutes and drain.
- While still warm, line 4 ring molds with the French fries, packing them tightly against each other in the shape of a charlotte. Reserve the curry oil for later use.
- Process the scallops in a food processor until pureed. Remove to a bowl and slowly add the softened butter. Season with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Fold in the crabmeat.
- Shape this mixture into 4 crab cakes and coat with flour, egg wash and breadcrumbs.
- Set 1 crab cake into each French fry charlotte. Heat the reserved Curry Oil to approximately 325°F. Place the charlottes in the hot oil and fry for about 4 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and the crab cakes are warmed through.
- Unmold the charlottes onto serving plates. Garnish with fried cilantro and pink peppercorns. Spoon some Curry Oil around the plates and drizzle with the Moroccan BBQ sauce and Scallion Coulis in an attractive manner.