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How to make 'Dungeness Crabcakes w/Green Cocktail Sauce'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not only edible but also delicious and good for you and your family. There are many recipes from which to choose but some are time-tested and proven. MyOutdoorBuddy will be posting a series of these provided to us by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and other fishing industry sources. “Dungeness Crabcakes with Green Cocktail Sauce” is just the first you can expect to see here at MyOutdoorBuddy.com in the weeks ahead. If you have a favorite ocean-fish recipe, please send to frank@myoutdoorbuddy.com so we can share it with our readers.

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices white bread
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 7 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh cooked Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for bits of shell and cartilage with claw meat and large pieces left whole
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup seeded and chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup seeded and chopped red bell peppers
  • Unsalted butter, for pan frying, about 6 tablespoons
  • 4 to 8 lemon wedges

Green Cocktail Sauce:

  • 8 ounces tomatillos, husked and cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons green hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh horseradish
Directions
For cocktail sauce, puree tomatillos and drain liquid. Mix with remaining ingredients.

For crabcakes, tear up the bread and pulse in a food processor to make fine, soft crumbs (about 6 cups.) Put crumbs in a shallow pan and mix in 1/2 cup of the chopped parsley (reserving the rest). Set aside.

In a food processor, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot pepper, mustard, paprika, thyme, celery seeds, and black pepper. With the motor running, slowly add the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream until the mixture emulsifies and forms a mayonnaise. Remove and refrigerate.

Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the crabmeat, onions and bell peppers. In a large bowl, combine the onions and bell peppers with remaining 1/4 cup parsley. Add the chilled mayonnaise and crabmeat and toss lightly to combine.

Add 1 cup of the bread crumb mixture and combine. Do not overwork or the crabcakes may get gummy. Gently form 8 patties and roll them lightly in the remaining bread crumbs.

Preheat oven to 425 degree. Using a nonstick saute pan and butter as needed, panfry the crabcakes, in batches, until golden brown on both sides and place them on a baking sheet as they are browned, put them in the oven until they are heated all the way through, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with a cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.

Note: The crabcakes hold together better if prepared a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator before cooking. Store them in the pan of bread crumbs, covered with plastic wrap.

Source: FoodNetwork.com


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