A spring fresh take on the classic crab cake

  • By Alison Ladman Associated Press
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:03pm
  • Life

To help get us in the mood for spring, we’ve given a seasonal makeover to the classic crab cake.

We started by adding the fresh flavor of shredded zucchini. It melts into the bolder flavors of the other ingredients, yet keeps the crab cakes tasting light. For a binder, we skipped the usual bread and instead used mashed potato, which gives the finished crab cakes a light and fresh texture. For a topping, we created a lime aioli, which lends a vibrant tang.

This recipe comes together quickly, but also is do-ahead easy. The patties can be prepped up ahead, then refrigerated until ready to fry.

Zucchini crab cakes with lime aioli

1 medium potato

1 medium zucchini

16 ounces lump crab meat, drained

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1 whole egg, lightly beaten, plus 2 egg yolks

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

All-purpose flour, for dredging

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Poke the potato all over with a fork. Microwave on high until completely tender, 6 to 10 minutes depending on your microwave. Allow the potato to cool until easily handled, then peel and mash.

While the potato cooks and cools, prepare the other ingredients. Shred the zucchini on the largest holes of a box grater. Place the shreds in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze over the sink to remove any excess liquid.

In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, crab, breadcrumbs, whole egg, and cooled mashed potato along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Stir gently just until the mixture is combined. Using 1/2 cup of the mixture at a time, form 10 patties, arranging them on a plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together the garlic, 2 egg yolks, mustard, lime juice and zest, and vinegar. In a slow stream, drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper.

After the cakes have chilled, dredge them thoroughly in flour.

In a large skillet on medium-high, heat the oil. Add the cakes, working in batches if necessary, and cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with the aioli.

Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active)

Servings: 10

Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories; 140 calories from fat (61 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 90 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 12 g protein; 350 mg sodium.

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