Baked Crab Cakes with Meyer Lemon Aioli

baked crab cakes Have you ever gotten really excited about a recipe before? Well I sure have with these luscious baked crab cakes.

Before I go on I must confess this is the first time I attempted to make homemade crab cakes. I normally order them in restaurants but I’ve been disappointed so many times because they’re usually fried and somewhat greasy or you barely taste any crab at all because of the breading and fillers packed inside.

baked crab cakes Have no fear, these are the real deal! Jumbo lump crab cakes that are delicate and light with no breading or frying just baked to perfection in a very hot oven.

These are perfect for a special occasion like New Years Eve this weekend, a romantic dinner for two, a special birthday or anniversary dinner, a light and healthy main course or even served as appetizers. The best part is they’re so scrumptious and so easy to make!

jumbo lump crab for crab cakes You’ll need real jumbo lump crab meat so ask your fish monger where it’s located in the store. Many places sell it, It’s even available at Trader Joes but I happened to buy this at my Costco which always has it during the holidays. I added a little chopped red onion, red pepper, celery, parsley, basil and some spice for the other ingredients.

making crab cakes You must get a ring mold or a biscuit cutter like I used, or make your own with a can, it makes all the difference in looks and texture.

baked crab cakes What really makes these crab cakes so magical is the technique in which they’re cooked. I watched a You Tube of a chef in Napa and I just loved how he cooked them using high heat in the oven for just eight minutes.

The ingredients were a mix of a few different recipes I found on the web. I served them with a meyer lemon aioli that paired perfectly with all the flavors but a nice remoulade would work just as well.

baked crab cakes Don’t be afraid to make your own crab cakes, once you try these you’ll be hooked forever.

baked crab cake I can’t wait to make them again!

baked crab cakes

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Baked Crab Cakes with Meyer Lemon Aioli
 
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Ingredients
  • Makes 4 generous crab cakes
  • ½ lb. of cooked jumbo lump crab
  • ¼ cup each, or even less ( you be the judge) of finely chopped celery, red onion, red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • zest of a ½ lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of real mayo for the filling,plus extra for aioli
  • Old Bay seasoning to taste, or creole if you want it spicier
  • FOR THE AIOLI
  • 1 cup of good quality mayo
  • meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice, fresh. Mix well til you get a nice consistency, add some salt and pepper.
Instructions
  1. Pre- heat oven to 500 degrees
  2. Spray a small baking sheet or pie tin with olive oil spray, no parchment or foil.
  3. Take a mixing bowl then add the mayo, zest and old bay, mix well.
  4. Fold in the celery, red pepper, red onion, parsley and basil and panko.
  5. Gently fold in the lump crab meat and combine everything. At this point you can taste for seasoning as you like it, adding salt and pepper to taste or more spice.
  6. Place bowl into the freezer for 10 minutes or fridge for 20 minutes, no longer! This allows the panko to set up and hold everything together.
  7. Take a ring mold, the one I used was around 3" and fill it almost to the top, packing it down as your filling it.
  8. Gently push it out onto your greased baking sheet.
  9. Place them into the hot 500 degree oven for 8 minutes and do not touch or flip them over.
  10. Take them out after 8 minutes and let them sit on the baking sheet for a minute before removing.
  11. Swipe your platter or serving dish with some of the aioli then carefully take a fish spatula and lift the crab cake gently off the pan and actually flip it over with your hand so the deeper golden side that was on the bottom is now facing up.
  12. Garnish with more aioli, some parsley and a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning.

 

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Antipasto Anyone?

For special occasions, stuffed mushrooms and stuffed artichokes can be the perfect starter! Yes, artichokes can be a little time consuming, with the prepping and all, but that can all be done ahead of time, which makes things alot easier.

In both appetizers I used the same stuffing which consisted of crumbled Italian sausage, sauteed mushrooms, flavored breadcrumbs, fresh herbs and cheese. I love buying crimini mushrooms, if you’re lucky to have a Costco near you, they have a great buy for a huge container of them.

Preparing the Mushrooms:

Wipe them off with a damp paper towel, trim away hard tips, snip off the stems, chop them up, then set aside. Place stem side up in a baking dish that was drizzled with olive oil. I used Crimini mushrooms, but you can use what you like.. Ater you stuff them drizzle olive oil over each mushroom.
Prepping The Artichokes:

This does take a little time, but it all can be done a day ahead if you like. Trim about 1/3 off the top of your artichokes, then take a scissor and trim off all the pointy tips. Slice it half length wise, and place in pot of water with squeezed lemon. Simmer till you can just start to stick the point of a knife through, you don’t want them to be falling apart or mushy. Stoves, and the size of your artichokes will vary so its something you just have to watch.
After they cool a little bit, trim them down to the light green and tender leaves that are all edible, scoop out all the pointy and fuzzy stuff, but be careful to leave the heart in tact! What you’ll have left is all edible, even the stem if you trim that up too. Place in a baking dish drizzled with olive oil. After you stuff them, drizzle olive oil over the top of each one.
For The Sausage And Breadcrumb Stuffing:
Squeeze your Italian sausage out of the casing, or buy it in bulk. Brown it up and get it into small crumbles. Drain on paper towel. Drizzle olive oil in pan, saute your chopped mushroom stems and a clove or two of crushed garlic. Add back your sausage, and mix together then take off the stove, add in Italian style dry breadcrumbs, or panko, or day old Italian bread, fresh grated romano cheese, fresh parsley, salt and pepper, and just a little bit of shredded mozzarella to hold it all together. Measurements don’t have to be exact here, you’ll be able to judge the amounts by the way it looks.
Bake at 400F, 15 or 20 min’s, or until breading on top is nice and crispy. When mushrooms come out of the oven I usually place a little warm marinara on top, the flavors are terrific together! The artichokes are served with lemon wedges.

I guarantee your guests will not be able to resist these!
Buon Appetito!!
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