Crab Cakes with Basil Mayonnaise

Crab Cakes with Basil Mayonnaise
Recipe type: Shellfish
Serves: 6
  • 40 basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 Cups mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Crab Cakes:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery; finely chopped
  • 2/3 Cup onion; finely chopped
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat; picked clean
  • 2 2/3 Cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup chopped chives
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. FOR BASIL MAYONNAISE: Blanch basil leaves in saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain.
  2. Transfer leaves to medium bowl filled with ice water to cool. Pat dry on paper towels. Finely chop basil.
  3. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne together.
  4. Set aside 1/2 cup mayonnaise for the crab cakes. Mix basil into remainder and refrigerate.
  5. FOR CRAB CAKES: Heat olive oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in crabmeat, 2/3 cup breadcrumbs, chopped chives, and reserved mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Using 1/3 cup for each, form into twelve 2 1/2" cakes.
  8. Arrange cakes on a baking sheet. Place flour in a small bowl. Whisk eggs in another bowl. Place remaining 2 cups breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  9. Bread each cake in the following order: flour, eggs, then breadcrumbs.
  10. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add crab cakes in batches, cooking until golden, adding more oil as required.
Per serving: 667 Calories; 57g Fat (76% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 182mg Cholesterol; 687mg Sodium

Serve with basil mayonnaise.

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