PEPPER JELLY CRAB CAKES
By Felicia Scocozza
If you are lucky enough to have a secret crabbing spot, you can easily catch enough fresh and tasty blue claws to make this recipe from mid-summer through mid-fall. If you can’t get them on your own, lump crab meat will be fine.
Blue claw crab, by the way, freezes well as long as you keep it in a sealed container. You can freeze the crabs whole after removing the top shell and lower section and rinsing out the tomalley, or pick all the meat free and freeze it separately. Claws can be frozen as well.
Do not store crabs or claws with shells in freezer bags as the shells will eventually puncture the plastic and spread their scent throughout the freezer.
Stored shells and legs also make a good starter for a seafood or crab stock or chowder.
Yield: Makes 12 to 14 crab cakes, serves 4 – 6 people
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes if using lump crab meat, longer if you need to clean fresh crabs.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes.
- 1 ½ pounds, (24 ounces) fresh blue claw or lump crab meat
- 2 tbsp. of red onion, chopped
- 1 cup of frozen corn or one ear of roasted corn
- ½ cup finely chopped red, yellow or orange bell pepper
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
- 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning or herbes de provence
- 2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 cup plain or panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- Olive oil or canola spray
- Juice of half a lemon
- Hot pepper jelly
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Mix together all ingredients through the cayenne pepper.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, mayonnaise and mustard. Add to crab mixture, don’t over mix.
- Add juice of half a lemon.
- Spray a large baking sheet with olive oil or canola spray,
- Form mixture into crab cakes roughly 2.5-inch diameter and ½ inch tall.
- Spray the top of each crab cake with olive oil or canola spray.
- Place sheet on bottom rack oven and cook at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Move to top rack and broil for 1 minute until golden brown before removing from oven.
- Remove from oven. While still hot top each crab cake with a small amount of pepper jelly to your liking. Allow the pepper jelly to melt.
Note: Unlike baking, cooking is not an exact science. Readers are encouraged to adjust and modify these recipes to their own tastes.
By Tom Schlichter
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