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Crab Cakes with Chardonnay Cream Sauce recipe

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menu in December 2000
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A lot of the details of who contributed what have either become blurred or disappeared over the years but the recipes are still worthwhile either in their own right or for the inspiration they might give.

This recipe comes from Le Chambord, Virginia Beach, VA.

The secret to the crisp coating in this recipe? Crushed potato chips.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups Chardonnay or other dry white wine
1/3 cup chopped shallots
1 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 pounds crabmeat, drained (about 4 cups)
2 1/2 cups finely crushed potato chips
1 1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from French
bread
1 7.25-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained,
coarsely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1/4 cup (about) vegetable oil

Method
  • Boil wine and shallots in heavy medium saucepan until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes.
  • Add cream and boil until liquid is reduced to sauce consistency, about 10 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Mix crabmeat, 1/2 cup crushed potato chips, breadcrumbs and next 7 ingredients in large bowl until well blended.
  • Using 1/4 cupful crab mixture for each cake, form mixture into sixteen 2 1/2 inch diameter cakes. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover sauce and crab cakes separately and refrigerate. Rewarm sauce over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, before serving.)
  • Place remaining potato chips in shallow dish. Press each cake into chips, turning to coat evenly.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add crab cakes to skillet and cook until golden brown and heated through, adding more oil as necessary, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Transfer crab cakes to paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Place 2 crab cakes on each plate; spoon sauce around crab cakes and then serve immediately.

Serves 8

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