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Recipe Swap: Crab Cakes and Roasted Vegetables with Tangy Butter Sauce

Published May 10, 2013 by jenmatteson

The latest installment of recipe swap was themed seafood, which I was over-the-moon excited about.  Again, this swap was hosted by Sarah, at A Taste of Home Cooking.  I submitted Scallops with WC-Recipe-Swap-badge-1Tarragon Butter Sauce, and  couldn’t wait to receive my assigned recipe.  Honestly, I was slightly disappointed to find that I was assigned crab cakes. But not because I don’t like crab cakes, rather because I already have two crab cake recipes in my blog (Bethany Frankel’s Crab Cakes and Crab Cakes with Chiptole Mayo), and I really enjoyed both of them.  But, that’s the spirit of the recipe swap; you never know what you’re going to get (you know, like a box of chocolates), and really, how could I be disappointed to make crab cakes – I love them!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Another great benefit of the recipe swaps is to connect with other bloggers, and many times, blogs you might not have otherwise visited.  I’ve definitely visited The Redhead Baker blog before, and may have even bookmarked a handful of Coleen’s recipes, but I believe this would be the first time I’d be making one.  And what a great recipe to make! The recipe originally comes from Cooking Light, and it certainly is a lightened up version of crab cakes, which I love.  Less filler, more crab, exactly the way they should be.

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

I had gotten everything I needed for this recipe last week at the grocery store, and I generally am very good at knowing exactly what, and how much I have of everything in my kitchen.  I was absolutely convinced that I had Old Bay seasoning, but come Sunday when I was putting these together, I didn’t.  I Googled a recipe to make my own Old Bay (what would we do without Google?), and had most spices on hand, so just used what I had.

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Tangy Butter Sauce

Coleen’s recipe included a tangy butter sauce to go with the crab cakes, which I thought sounded interesting.  If you read either of my other crab cake recipe posts, you’d know that I am generally a creamy-sauce-with-my-crab-cakes kinda girl.  But, I’m always happy to try something new!  I’m not sure if this is the sauce pictured in Coleen’s picture, as her’s does look like a creamy mayo based sauce.  Either that, or mine turned out completely different.  But good different!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

The tangy butter sauce was a great compliment to the crab cakes and the vegetables.  While I was reducing the sauce, the vinegar smell was strong, so I was concerned it would be too acidic, but once I added the butter, it was much more subtle.  The crab cakes were perfect!  Meaty without a lot of filler, firm enough to stay together, but still fork-flakey like you’d want.  Breading the outside in panko added a perfect amount of crunch.  The vegetables were an added bonus.  It was perfect that they roasted for the same amount of time it takes for the crab cake mixture to refrigerate and come together.  Coleen’s recipe didn’t include green beans, but the original did, and I thought the plate needed some color, so I added those to the mix.  However, I didn’t think they would need to roast for 30 minutes, so I added them into the vegetable mix after 15 minutes.  Turns out, that’s exactly what the Cooking Light recipe instructed.  Great instincts!  Overall, it was a great little meal and I was happy to have tried a new crab cake recipe!

Crab Cakes with Tangy Butter Sauce

Crab Cakes and Roasted Vegetables with Tangy Butter Sauce

Source: Adapted from The Redhead Baker
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the crab cakes:
1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
3 tbsp light mayonnaise or olive oil mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 lb lump crab meat, picked over for shells
1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
olive oil

For the vegetables:
3 carrots, chopped
4 shallots, quartered
5 red potatoes, quartered
8 oz fresh green beans
olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

For the butter sauce:
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken stock
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tsp finely chopped shallots
2 tbsp butter

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl.combine red onion, cilantro, mayonnaise, Dijon, Old Bay, Worcestershire and egg whites.  Gently fold in crab meat until combined.  Stir in 3/4 cup panko.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with foil.  Combine carrots, shallots, and red potatoes in a bowl and coat lightly with olive oil.  Dump onto prepared baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and mix green beans in with the rest of the vegetables.  Return to oven and roast for another 15 minutes.

3. Put remaining panko breadcrumbs in a shallow dish.  Remove crab mixture from refrigerator and divide into eight equal portions, forming each into a tight patty.  Dredge each patty in the panko, evenly coating both sides.  In a large frying pan, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom and heat to medium.  Once oil is ready, gently place four patties in the pan and cook until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.  Carefully flip patties and cook until browned, another 5 minutes or so.  Transfer to a paper towel and repeat for remaining four patties.

4. In a saucepan, stir together chicken broth, vinegar and shallots.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5-8 minutes, until reduced by half.  Remove from heat and swirl in butter.  Spoon sauce over crab cakes and vegetables and serve.

Take a look at what the other ladies cooked up for the seafood swap!

Bethenny Frankel’s Crab Cakes

Published June 4, 2012 by jenmatteson

I watch my fair share of bad television, but one of my favorite guilty pleasures is Bethenny Ever After on Bravo.  She used to be on the Real Housewives of NYC, but them bitches be crazy.  Too much drama for Bethenny, so she leaves and gets her own show.  I wasn’t a huge fan right away, but her dirty mouth and the way she just tells it like it is quickly grew on me.  What I really like about Bethenny, a natural foods chef, is that she started a franchise from nothing.  She had a poor childhood, she came from absolutely nothing, and turned something she knew into a multi-million dollar business – run by under 10 employees.

I made crab cakes a few weeks back, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the recipe.  I saw Bethenny’s in her book, and thought it would be great to try again, and make for my ladies at my wine exchange.  I’ve read that Bethenny, like myself, doesn’t like to measure, so all her recipes are only estimates, however, this one might have been a little off.  It took me a few tries to get the consistency right, really just good enough so they would stick together while frying them, and I finally got it.  I love the amount of veggies she uses as a healthy filler in this recipe, and the small amount of fat used to make something so delicious.  This will be the crab cake recipe I go back to time and time again.

Bethany Frankel’s Crab Cakes

Source: Adapted from Bethany Frankel
Servings: 24 small crab cakes

Ingredients:

olive oil
3/4 cup red onion, diced fine
1 cup celery, diced fine
1 cup red bell pepper, diced fine
1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced fine
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
3/4 cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
8 oz jumbo lump crab meat
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery, and peppers and cook until soft.  Add cayenne, onion and garlic powder, paprika, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, mayonnaise, Dijon and Worcestershire sauce.  Fold in crab, careful not to over mix.  Add ingredients from step one.

3. Heat a large skillet with cooking spray over medium-low heat.  Scoop out crab mixture with an ice cream scoop, or make small compact balls with the mixture (this will help keep it together) and add to pan.  Press down lightly with spatula.  Cook about 4-5 minutes on each side, until crisp and brown.  Serve with chipolte mayonnaise.

Crabby Patties

Published April 30, 2012 by jenmatteson

I don’t know any kid who doesn’t like Sponge Bob Square Pants (okay, I only know like one kid, which is my awesome nephew, Carter, and I suppose his sister, Grace, but she’s too young to like Sponge Bob yet), and if you don’t know, he makes crabby patties.  I can only assume these are wonderful crab cakes!

The reason I made these in the first place was because another Nestie and I were unable to participate in a recipe swap because we didn’t have enough posts in our blogs yet.  We decided to do our own private swap.  Basically, a swap is trying recipes of another blogger, and in this case, we just did a general swap, where we could make anything we wanted from their blog.  I love crab cakes, so immediately these stood out to me.

I made a handful of substitutions, but kept with the basic recipe.  I also added a chipotle mayo for topping, which was amazing and will be great with many other dishes, even on sandwiches!  They were a little wet for my taste (which made them difficult to handle), so I altered the recipe I’m sharing to have less Miracle Whip and a few more crackers.  The result was pure awesomeness, and the chipotle mayo just pushed it over the edge!  They were pretty big patties, so if I made them again, I’d probably make them half the size – and then eat two 😉

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Source: Just Prepare It Deliciously
Servings: 10

Ingredients:

4 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cayanne pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
3-4 garlic cloves, finely minced
salt and pepper
1/4 cup Miracle Whip
5 oz buttery crackers (I used Ritz), crushed
12 oz crab meat
olive oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix onions, cilantro, lemon juice, cayanne pepper, dry mustard, garlic, salt and pepper, and Miracle Whip.  Fold in crab meat and add buttery crackers to mixture.

2. Form mixture into 1/2-inch thick patties, this mixture should make about 6 total.  Refrigerate patties for 30 minutes.

3. Heat olive oil over high heat in a large frying pan.  Meanwhile, dredge each side of the patties in the panko bread crumbs.  Fry patties until they turn golden brown and begin to form a crispy crust, about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Serve with Chipolte Mayonnaise.

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