Lump crabmeat is mixed with only enough bread crumbs and mayonnaise to hold it together, then coated with more crumbs and fried to a golden brown. A mixture of sour cream and horseradish provides lively accompaniment.
A full-bodied white such as a chardonnay from California will be delightful with the crab. Try to find one that isn't too oaky—just full of the taste of ripe fruit.
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons drained bottled horseradish
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked free of shell
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 3 scallions including green tops, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise, and the horseradish.
In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat, the remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, the scallions, parsley, cayenne, salt and pepper. Shape the crab mixture into eight patties. Coat the patties with the remaining 3/4 cup bread crumbs and pat off the excess.
In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Working in batches if necessary, fry the cakes until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn and fry until golden brown on the other side, about 2 minutes longer. Drain on paper towels. Serve with the horseradish cream.
There's really no substitute for sweet fresh crabmeat—but for a completely different taste, you could use one pound of cod, cooked and flaked.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
588 calories; 41g total fat; 109mg cholesterol; 999mg sodium; 27g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 30g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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