What’s Cookin’ in the Parsonage?

Whitney here…

One of my lifelong indulgences is crab meat. Whether it’s vacation at the ocean, a special meal at my Nana’s house, or date night at a fancy restaurant in downtown Greenville, I am always happy to eat crab legs or crab cakes! Last summer my Nana found a recipe for crab cakes in Victoria magazine.  The recipe isn’t available online, so I’ll post it below.

This was our Sunday lunch menu yesterday:
Crab Cakes with Sauce Gribiche

Crab Cakes
1 (8 oz) container craw-crab meat
1 (8 oz) container jumbo lump crab meat  (I bought Louis Kemp imitation crab meat on sale B1G1 at Ingles last week, and it tasted great)
1 T minced shallot
1/2 C mayo (here in South Carolina we only use Duke’s mayonnaise!
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 T fresh chopped chives
1 T  fresh chopped dill 
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
3/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 C panko crumbs, divided
1/4 C melted butter
1/2 C vegetable oil

In a medium bowl, combine crab meat, shallot, mayo, egg, chives, dill, lemon zest, salt, pepper and 3/4 cup panko. Stir to combine. Stir in melted butter. Shape into approximately 12 2-inch rounds. (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to divide the mixture into even portions) Dredge each round into remaining panko crumbs. Set aside.
In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Fry crab cakes for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately. 

Sauce Gribiche (fancy tartar sauce)
3/4 C mayo
1 large hard boiled egg, chopped
1/8 C finely chopped cornichons  (I used pickle relish in place of the cornichons)
1 1/2 T drained and chopped capers 
1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
1 T chopped fresh dill
1/2 T chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 T minced shallot
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve with crab cakes.

What is your favorite restaurant indulgence? Have you tried making it at home?


3 thoughts on “What’s Cookin’ in the Parsonage?

  1. Whitney, I'm glad to see you using the recipe for the Crab Cakes, they are delicious aren't they? You do a good job on trying to economize things, keep it up.


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