Luckily the expiration date on the can was well into 2013 so I knew that, when the time was right, I'd finally use that crab and make something yummy! Last night was just that night!
However, having made crab cakes in the past and not having a whole bunch of success with keeping them in one "cake piece" while frying them in a skillet, I thought I'd make it easier on myself (and completely stress free), by building them in muffin-tins and then cooking them in the oven. I like to call this my "light bulb moment".
Ding, ding, ding, ding!!! We have a winner!!!
Here are the somewhat unconventional ingredients I used to make these ultra-delicious, super simple crab cakes. With necessity being the mother of invention, I opened my cupboards and fridge, peeked in and came up with this recipe. I hope you'll like it. It got a full 5 stars from my family and I think you'll like it too.
MUFFIN-TIN BAKED CRAB CAKES
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 30-35 minutes
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 -16 ounce can of lump crab meat (you can use fresh if you have it)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup French fried onions, crushed
1/2 cup mayonaisse
1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed (you can use fresh if you have it)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
paprika for garnish (if desired)
-Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
-Prepare the muffin tin pan by combining the butter and oil and brushing it liberally on the bottom and sides of each muffin compartment, reserving the remaining butter and oil to brush on top.
-Sprinkle half the panko crumbs on the bottom of each compartment.
-In a large bowl, gently stir to combine the remaining ingredients.-Using a spoon, fill each compartment with the crab meat filling.
-Brush the tops with the remaining butter and oil mixture and top with the remaining panko crumbs.
-Sprinkle each cake with paprika (if desired).
-Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the crab cakes are nicely golden in color.-Allow to cool slightly before running a knife around the perimeter to loosen them and use a spoon to remove them completely from the tins.
Be still my heart! These were AMAZING!!!
While I'd like to claim that these are lower in calories than the traditional "fried" crab cakes, with all that butter and oil used, I don't think I'd be fooling anybody. LOL
I served mine with a quick tartar sauce I whipped up at the request of my son. I don't really think they needed it, but then again, it didn't hurt them either. (Recipe follows)
QUICK TARTER SAUCE
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
And now for some beauty shots. To me it's the best part of any meal (other than the eating, of course)!!!
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