Friday, April 22, 2011

Crab Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

I made crab cakes for a light dinner the other night. It was supposed to be a healthier version of fish sticks. I slaved away in the kitchen making them while The Good Daughter hung out watching SuperWhy!

It was too late to take a decent photo, and coming from me that is a lot. While I liked them, TGD was skeptical.

Me? You want *me* to eat that

I don't fucking think so Mom

While it this was a good dry run, I think I will play around with the flavors next time. TGD did love the avocado dressing I served with it.

For the sauce

1/2 ripe medium avocado, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 fresh jalapeño, stemmed and quartered lengthwise
1/4 cup milk

For crab cakes
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over and coarsely shredded
3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup minced fresh chives
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup panko
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 teaspoon salt

~Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

To make the sauce:
~Pulse avocado with mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, sugar, and one fourth of chile in a food processor until chile is finely chopped. Add milk and purée until smooth. Add more chile if desired, processing until smooth. Transfer sauce to a bowl and chill, covered.

To make the crab cakes:
~Stir together crabmeat, mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice, mustard, pepper, and 1 tablespoon panko in a large bowl until blended well, then chill, covered.

~Melt butter in a medium nonstick skillet over moderate heat, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add herbes de Provence, salt, and remaining 7 tablespoons panko and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer crumbs to a plate to cool. Discard garlic.

~Divide crabmeat mixture into 4 mounds on a sheet of wax paper. Form 1 mound into a patty, then carefully turn patty in crumb mixture to coat top and bottom. Transfer to a baking sheet and repeat with remaining 3 mounds, then sprinkle remaining crumbs on top of crab cakes. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Serve crab cakes with sauce.

Recipe by: Epicurious

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