• Level: Easy
  • Yield: 3 dozen
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1-pound crab meat, picked over for cartilage

1/4 cup minced onions

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup aioli

3 dozen 3-inch squares of puff pastry

Oil for frying

Drizzle of Piri Piri sauce, recipe follows

Piri Piri sauce:

1 1/2 cups olive oil

4 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped, stems and seeds

4 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped, stems and seeds 

2 fresh poblano peppers, finely chopped, stems and seeds

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Preheat the oil. In a mixing bowl, combine the crab meat, onions, garlic and parsley together. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Stir in the aioli. Place a tablespoon of the filling in the center of each puff pastry square. Bring to corners of the square together, forming a triangle. Seal the edges of the triangle tightly. Fry the triangle in the hot oil until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly for over all browning. Remove the triangles from the oil and drain on a paper lined plate. Season with salt and pepper. Mound the rissois on a platter and drizzle with Piri Piri sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Piri Piri sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the olive oil, peppers, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer the sauce for 4 minutes and remove from the heat. Stir in the garlic. With a hand held mixer, puree the sauce until smooth. At this point, allow the sauce to sit for 1 week under refrigeration before serving. Stir in the cilantro and kosher salt