cook it: crab cakes w/lemon dill sauce

14 Jul

cook it welcome to the first installment of “COOK IT!”  i’m so thrilled to bring you this new blog post series that is designed to be for the person or couple who wants to cook but have a hard time deciding what to cook and frankly, how to cook.

sometimes you just gotta say “cook it!” and dive right in.

our first recipe is crab cakes with lemon dill sauce (are you excited?!?)

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this is a perfect recipe to do this saturday.  so read the recipe, buy the ingredients and then saturday mid-morning, after you’ve slept in a little bit and had your coffee:

grab all your ingredients

read the recipe again

put together your mise en place and

make your sauce and your cakes

then you just put them in the fridge.  when dinner time rolls around, well, aren’t you fancy?!  just pop those cakes in the oven, prepare a little baby spinach salad with a light vinaigrette and plop two cakes down on top, swirl your lemon dill sauce on the side and you’ve got one hell of a fancy dinner.  easy.

this recipe is from my wonderful sister-in-law susan who is an excellent cook.  she visited us last week and was nice enough to make these for ROF and me and …<wait for it>  filmed a video of her making these for us. check it out at the bottom.

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yield: 4 reasonably sized people

prep time: 30 min

total: 2 hours and 30 min

lemon dill sauce

get:

mayo – 1 cup

buttermilk – 1/4 cup

dill – 2t chopped fresh

italian parsley – 1t chopped fresh

lemon zest – 1 t

lemon juice – 2 tsp

garlic – 1 clove minced

make: combine all the ingredients above in a bowl and stir well.  put in fridge and let it chill out.  sauce will thicken as it chills. 

crab cakes

get:

butter – 3t

scallions – 3 chopped

red bell pepper – 2t chopped

garlic – 1 clove minced

heavy cream – 3t

dijon mustard – 1t

egg – 1

italian parsley – 1.2 t chopped fresh

cayenne pepper – a dab’ll do ya

bread crumbs – 1 cup

parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup

crabmeat – 1 lb.

make: melt 1t of butter in a skillet over medium heat.  saute’ the scallions, pepper and garlic for about 3 minutes. in a bowl, mix together the cream, mustard, egg, parsley, cayenne pepper, 1/2 the bread crumbs and the vegetables you just sauted.  gently fold in the crabmeat.  form mixture into 8 patties.  in a mixing bowl, combine the remaining bread crumbs (1/2 c) and the parm cheese.  pat this topping onto both sides of the patties.  refrigerate until firm – at least 2 hours. 

you can cook these on the stove in a little bit of oil or bake them which is what we do. top each patty with a small pat of butter and bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  serve on a bed of spinach with a dollop of lemon dill sauce on the side. 

are you ready to impress your loved one with this awesome dinner?  here is susan making both the lemon dill sauce and the crab cakes.  make them this weekend and post a pic to instagram and tag me.  i dare you…!

2 Responses to “cook it: crab cakes w/lemon dill sauce”

  1. Terry Carrol Brown July 14, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    YUM!! Thank you Amy and Susan!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Amy Fulford July 14, 2016 at 8:08 am #

      Thanks for reading Terry!! Send me a pic if you try it. Hope you are doing great!

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