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Crab Cakes with Grainy Mustard and Scallion Sauce

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Shirley Cline from San Fransisco.


2 lbs. fresh lump crab meat, cleaned and drained
2 Tblsp. mayonnaise
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 large egg yolks
1 Tblsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
8 cups corn flake crumbs
4 Tblsp. unsalted butter, melted

Grainy Mustard Sauce:
9 Tblsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3/4 tsp. Champagne vinegar
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
2 fresh thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup grainy mustard
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Scallion Sauce:
1/2 cup scallion greens, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


Heat oven to 300°. In a medium bowl, combine crab, mayonnaise, mustard, and egg yolks. Season with Old Bay Seasoning, salt, and cayenne. Using a 3 ounce ice cream scoop, form mixture into eight equal-size balls. Lightly dredge in Corn Flake crumbs, transfer to a baking sheet, and drizzle with butter. Bake until heated through, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve with mustard and scallion sauces.

Grainy Mustard Sauce:
In a small saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add vinegar, wine, and thyme and continue to cook until reduced by two-thirds. Add cream and reduce until thick. Whisk in remaining 8 tablespoons butter. Strain through a fine sieve. Fold in mustard, and season with salt and pepper.

Scallion Sauce:
In a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment, combine scallions, butter, parsley, and lemon juice. Process until well combined. Transfer to refrigerator, and chill for 20 minutes.

Heat cream in a small saucepan until reduced by half. Whisk in chilled butter mixture. Strain through a fine sieve and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Recipe by Edward Brown
Executive Chef of The Sea Grill, Rockefeller Center, New York

Serves 4

Shirley Cline