Jumbo lump crabcakes, cucumber carrot salad and chipotle

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Soy oil
½ cup Chopped onion, small dice
¾ cup Chopped peppers (red, green
\N \N And yellow), small dice
3 \N Egg yolks
¼ cup Fresh lime juice
¼ cup Dijon mustard
½ tablespoon Tabasco
1 tablespoon Vietnamese fish sauce
1 pounds Jumbo lump crabmeat,
\N \N Uncleaned
1½ tablespoon Each of fresh dill, chives
\N \N And parsley, cleaned, stems
\N \N Removed and roughly chopped
1½ cup Fresh bread crumbs (crusts
\N \N Removed)
1 cup Japanese bread crumbs,
\N \N (Panko)
1 tablespoon Freshly ground white pepper
2 \N Eggs
\N \N Vegetable oil for sauteing


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, place the oil, onions and peppers, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes.

Combine the 3 egg yolks, lime juice, mustard, Tabasco, fish sauce in a large bowl. Remove the oil and vegetables from the heat. Slowly pour into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Begin by pouring with small splashes, incorporating the oil completely before adding more.

The heat of the oil will cook the yolks as you go, and you should end up with a hollandaise-like sauce when all the oil has been blended.

Return the saucepan to the heat for 30 seconds, whisking constantly to insure that sauce is fully incorporated.

Set the saucepan down over a bowl of ice and whisk to cook quickly.

Refrigerate the sauce covered, until it is well-chilled.

Make the crab cakes:

Pick over crab meat to remove any shell pieces. Add the herbs and gently toss, taking care not to break up the crab. Add two or three heaping tablespoons of the chilled sauce base to the crab and gently combine. Add enough of the bread crumbs to bind the crab mixture.

Check to see that the mixture is moist (the bread crumbs will absorb moisture as the crab mix sits) and add more sauce or bread crumbs as needed. Add the white pepper and taste for seasoning. Form the crab into little cakes, about 2 inches in diameter. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. One at a time, coat each crab cake with egg. Then coat with Japanese bread crumbs. Heat ¼ of vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. SautJing in batches, brown the crab cakes on both sides and reserve on a platter. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 2-3 minutes to heat through, and serve.


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