For Day 2 in our 12 Days of Recipes series at 365Barrington.com, we’re cooking up an appetizer that is a huge crowd favorite during the holidays, Crab Cakes.
While fried crab cakes are divine, if you use the right ingredients, you can still get great flavor from a baked crab cake, and have a very healthy yet hearty appetizer.
They can also be frozen pre or post-baked which makes them an even better idea. You can make this recipe is from my 40 Dinner Duos cookbook.today and freeze them until your holiday party.
These tasty baked crab cakes can be made for an elegant appetizer, or served as a main course. Use leftover crab legs for cook once, eat twice success, or use packaged or fresh crab. Serve with lemon dill mustard sauce.
Makes about 15 small crab cakes. Easily double or triple the recipe.
Approximately 3/4 pound crab meat
15 Ritz or other puffy crackers, smashed
1/2 cup mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced green onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, break apart crab meat with fork. Add remaining ingredients, and mix well. Form into patties: 1-1/2 inch diameter for appetizer size, and 2-1/2 inch diameter for
entree size. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutesfor appetizer size, and 20 minutes for entree size, until edges are browned. Serve with rice, or on rolls with mustard sauce.
Dill Mustard Sauce
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, sour cream or mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon white wine or white vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
About the Author
Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at 365Barrington.com.
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