Friday, April 23, 2010

Crab Cakes

I think I could eat some type of seafood everyday and never get tired of it.  I usually buy pre-made crab cakes at the grocery store to accompany some type of seafood dish that I make, but this time I decided to try to make them all on my own.  They were so much easier than I thought they would be.  I found a delicious recipe from Annie's Eats that I knew would not fail.  I was right!

Source:  Annie's Eats, from Williams Sonoma


3 or 4 slices French or Italian bread
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ cup minced green onions
1 lb. fresh cooked lump crabmeat
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 eggs
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. salt
cayenne pepper, to taste
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
lemon wedges, for serving


Remove the crusts from the bread and discard. Cut or tear the bread into small pieces and put into a food processor fitted with the metal blade or into a blender. Pulse a few times to make coarse crumbs; you should have about 2 cups. Place the crumbs in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small sauté pan over low heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Add the green onions and sauté until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onions to the bread crumbs along with the crabmeat and parsley. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream and eggs until well blended. Whisk in the lemon juice, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Slowly add to the crab mixture, stirring continuously so the bread crumbs are evenly moistened. Form into 8 or 12 oval or round cakes about 1 inch thick. Put the flour on a plate or on a piece of waxed paper. Lightly and evenly coat each crab cake with the flour, shaking off any excess.

In a large sauté pan or fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 2 Tbs. butter with the vegetable oil. When hot, fry the cakes in batches, turning once, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a warmed plate and keep warm until all the cakes are cooked. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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