panko-crusted crab cake bites

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces shelled cooked crab
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups panko (see notes) or fine dried bread crumbs
  • Fresh chives, rinsed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli (recipe follows)

Sort through crab and discard any bits of shell. In a large bowl, combine celery, minced chives, mayonnaise, yogurt, egg, mustard, and hot sauce; mix well with a fork. Add crab and 1/4 cup panko; stir gently just to mix.

Put remaining 1 cup panko in a shallow bowl. Shape crab mixture into 24 cakes, each about 2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Turn each cake in panko to coat on all sides, pressing gently to make crumbs adhere. Place cakes slightly apart in an oiled 12- by 17-inch baking pan.

Bake in a 475° regular or convection oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. With a spatula, transfer crab cakes to a platter. Spoon a dollop of Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli onto each cake. Garnish platter with fresh chives. Serve hot.

Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli. In a small bowl, mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped drained canned roasted red peppers, 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon minced garlic. Makes about 1/2 cup.

NOTES:

  • These are the lighest, most flavorfull crab cakes I’ve ever had! I highly recommend them.
  • You can make the aioli up to 2 days ahead and the crab cakes through step 3 up to 4 hours ahead; in both cases, cover and chill.
  • Next time, I am going to try this pineapple salsa in place of the roasted pepper-chive aioli, for a lighter garnish.

Source: Dorothy Urban via Jana Foushee

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