Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fresh crab cakes anyone?

I made lump crab cakes last night along with a dipping sauce.

They were so delicious and fresh.

First, I made fresh mayonnaise.  One egg yolk, fresh lemon juice, white pepper, salt and olive/corn oil. 
I think when most of us buy our Hellmans, we use a bit too much, and so we buy the lower fat version to be 'healthier'. 
Well, if you made mayo from scratch every 4 days or so, you would use less than HALF of regular mayo because the fresh is so rich, and don't forget--NO CHEMICALS, no processing, etc. 

Just yummy mayo.   I then added chopped capers, more fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, and my own roasted whole cloves of garlic.

This was the dipping sauce for the crabcakes.

I placed 1 cup heavy cream and 4 slices un crusted bread, paprika, and garlic powder in a saucepan and reduced by half and brought down to room temperature before adding to the crab meat, along with one egg, lemon juice, salt, pepper, roasted green onions, and a speck of panko breadcrumbs.  I then formed them into patties (6 using 1 pound lump crab meat), dusted in flour, fried in 1 tsp. butter/2 tsp olive oil, for 3 minutes each side.  Place in preheated 375-400 degree oven for 10 minutes-this firms them up nicely.

I served a baby field green salad with tomatoes, almonds, seseame seeds, dried cranberries with a homemade basil balsamic vinegariette dressing.

Along with the crabcake, I took canned artichoke hearts, drained an rinsed, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and fresh parsley.  I marinated them for 4 hours and served nice and cold along with the hot crabcakes.

The crabcakes were subperb and delectible, the sauce fresh and creamy.  The salad was perfect because I used a great balsamic vinegar--invest in the good stuff, it makes a world of difference.

Note:  I have two crabcakes left.  Since it's raining out today, I look forward to lunch and eating leftovers.  Leftovers will never taste better!

1 comment:

  1. I had this recipe last night and I have to say it was the BEST crab cake I've have ever had!I've been to a lot of places and ate a lot of crab cakes,but no other compares to this one.The sauce is a deal breaker for me.If the sauce stinks,the meal is ruined,period.The flavors of this dish work so well together.The cake itself could stand on it's own,it's that good.But,if you pair it with the mayo,you will be in Heaven!