Summer In a Bite

Crab Cakes

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Creole mustard

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

1 Tablespoon pickle brine

3/4 teaspoon celery salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 cup unseasoned fresh dry breadcrumbs

*Maque Choux (recipe below)

*Grapefruit Jam, for serving (recipe below)

Place crabmeat in a medium bowl and add lemon zest, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, pickle brine, celery salt, paprika and 1/4-cup of the breadcrumbs. Toss gently to combine, trying not to break up the crabmeat too much. Form the mixture into eight even portions, about 1/3-cup each, and lightly dredge in remaining breadcrumbs. Refrigerate while you make Maque Choux (*recipe below).

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to come 1/4-inch up the sides of the pan. When the oil just begins to shimmer, add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter to the pan and then add crab cakes. Cook until the crab cakes are golden on both sides and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Serve crab cakes over Maque Choux, with a dollop of Grapefruit Jam spooned over the top. Garnish with a sprinkling of green onions.

Serves 4


Maque Choux

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cups small diced butternut squash

1/4 cup shrimp stock

11/2 cups roasted cauliflower florets

2 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon Essence or other Creole seasoning

Grapeseed oil, as needed for frying

Sliced green onions, for garnish

Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of butter. When hot, add onion and red and green bell peppers and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add butternut squash and shrimp stock and cook until stock has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add heavy cream, brown sugar, salt and Essence, and cook, stirring occasionally, until heavy cream has reduced enough to coat the back of a spoon and the butternut squash is tender, 4 to 6 minutes.  Fold in cauliflower, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cover and keep the Maque Choux warm while you cook crab cakes.


Grapefruit Jam

2 large ruby red grapefruits

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of
roasted garlic

Peel the grapefruits with a peeler.

Place peels in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil, drain and repeat this process two more times.

While the grapefruit peel is blanching, juice grapefruits and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Set the juice aside. (You should have about 1 ½ cups juice.)

In a blender, purée the blanched grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, sugar and garlic. Return this mixture to a nonreactive saucepan and cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 12 to 14 minutes. Should be the consistency of a thin jam.

Makes about 1 cup 

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