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Dungeness Crab Cakes

by Nikolai Nikitenko May 28, 2016

Dungeness Crab Cakes

Ingredients
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely minced
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 pounds Dungeness Crab crabmeat
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs (made from 4 or 5 slices white bread with the crusts removed and processed in food processor)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more if needed
1 large egg white
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves, plus whole leaves, for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 recipe Garlic Aioli with Celery Root, for serving, recipe follows
Lemon wedges, for garnish
Garlic Aioli with Celery Root:
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives

Directions

Make the crab cakes first so they have time to firm up in the refrigerator before you cook them.
Heat a 2-count of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the onion gets kind of caramelized. Dump that into a bowl and fold in the crabmeat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg white, lime juice, and cilantro, mixing just until well blended. Season with salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 6 fat crab cakes. Put them on a plate, cover, and stick them in the refrigerator to chill.
To serve, heat a 3-count of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the crab cakes and cook for about 4 minutes each side until nice and crisp. Serve on torn butcher paper with fresh lemon wedges and Garlic Aioli with Celery Root.
Garlic Aioli with Celery Root:
About 2 cups shredded celery root, shredded using the grater attachment of a food processor or a mandoline
Mince garlic and make into paste using the side of your knife. Hint: to make this go faster add a bit of salt to the garlic and continue mashing with the side of your knife.
Place the paste a large bowl and add: the sour cream, mayonnaise, celery seed, lemon juice, and oil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Fold in the shredded celery root and chives. Give it a final taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings





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