Thursday, November 1, 2012

crab cakes with homemade tartar sauce

With summer food memories slipping away, I had to revisit my good friend, crab. Crab cakes with tartar sauce always brings me back to nautical vacations in warm weather, so why not make some easy healthier homemade ones on a chilly day to feel a bit warmer? 

Ingredients (makes 3 medium-sized crab cakes):
Crab cakes:
6 oz crabmeat
1 egg
3 tbs mayonnaise
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp spicy mustard
1 tsp old bay spice
1 tbs chopped scallions or chives
Salt & pepper
1/2 cup panko or breadcrumbs

Tartar sauce:
4 heaping tsp nonfat Greek yogurt
2 heaping tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp sweet pickle relish
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Mix crabmeat, egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, spicy mustard, old bay, scallions, and pinches of salt & pepper until well-blended.


2. Add panko and mix until well-coated.

3. Form flattened patties with your hands, place onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet and top with a pinch of panko and a drizzle of olive oil. Pop in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

4. After 15 minutes, flip patties and return to oven for another 13 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, make the tartar sauce: place Greek yogurt in a paper-towel lined bowl and refrigerate for 5 minutes to absorb excess liquid. After 5 minutes, mix all tartar sauce ingredients until fully-blended and return to fridge until ready to use.

6. Once final 13 minutes are up, remove crab cakes from oven, top with tartar sauce, and serve!  

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