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All-American Crab Cakes

from The Seafood Cookbook , page 124
Recommended Wine: Chapoutier La Ciboise Luberon

Fresh bread crumbs can easily be made in a food processor. Tear up some bread (preferably from a baguette) and place small chunks in processor and pulse. Left over bread crumbs can be stored in the freezer in a zip-lock bag.

All-American Crab Cakes

INGREDIENTS

1 pound crab meat, lump style preferred, shell and cartilage removed
1 cup scallions, chopped
2 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
½ cup chopped celery
1 cup crushed saltines
2 large eggs , beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
¼ cup canola oil

PREPARATION

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crab meat, scallions, and hard-boiled eggs.
2. In another bowl, combine the celery, saltines, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, Tabasco sauce, and salt and lots of pepper. Mix well.
3. Add the celery mixture to the crab meat and fold all the ingredients together until well blended.
4. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape into round cakes. Dredge them lightly in the bread crumbs.
5. Heat the oil in a 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes and saute gently for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Drain and serve with Remoulade Sauce or Tartar Sauce.

YIELD

6 servings