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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Crabcakes with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

Crabcake 6

Crabcake 4

Crab cake 1

During the 2 weeks that I was 'trapped' in New Jersey, I had the worst meals of the trip at the company cafeteria. However, one of the highlights of the trip also happened amidst the meetings and debates... For team building exercise, the whole group of us went to Viking Cooking School for a cooking-bonding session. Although I have done similar sessions in Asia, I was still brimming with excitement as we walked into the Viking Range Showroom. I was especially mesmerised by their range of sturdy, rugged-looking stoves and ranges. When I eventually got to cook over these heavy-duty ranges, I was really impressed by the intensity of the heat from the open flame burner. These would be perfect for Chinese cooking where cooking in a  wok over high heat imparts a unique essence to the food known as 'wok hei' ( translated literally to read wok's energy).

Anyway, I digressed... we were split into groups of 3 and given a recipe pack to prepare 6 dishes for our dinner. We had picked an advanced recipe pack which featured Fish and Shellfish Cookery. The Vikings team literally spoon fed us throughout the whole session, demonstrating every step and ensuring that we followed instructions. As a result of which, it was not as challenging for me and I got a little restless during the session. However, the recipes yielded some delicious preparations which I couldn't wait to replicate.

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The dish that I enjoyed most are these crabcakes with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise. Meaty and tasty, these were perfect for yesterday's New Year's Eve party. To all who continues to drop by my humble blog, I wish to usher in the new year with you with this delicious crabcake and may today be a great start to an amazing 2011 with good food in abundance!

Recipe :
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1.5 tsp  finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 green onions, green tops only, finely minced
1 tsp seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
1 large egg white
2 tbsp Japanese breadcrumbs
400g crab meat (jumbo lump)

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Position rack in the center of the oven.
2. Combine mayoonaise, parsely, green onions, seafood seasoning, egg white and breadcrumbs together ina mixing bowl.
3. Gently fold in crabmeat, coating it thoroughly. Chill in refrigerator for at least 15 mins.
4. Place a medium, non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tbsp canola oil and heat through. Lightly oil the insides of a round food ring/cutter. Place food ring on pan and spoon one fourth of the crabmeat mxiture into the ring. Press gently to pack tightly. Carefully lift the round ring straight up. Repeat with the remaining crab meat.
5. Cook crabcakes until the bottoms are golden brown, about 3 mins. Carefully turn each crabcake over. Cook for 1 min, then transfer pan to oven and cook for additional 5 mins.
6. Transfer crabcakes to warmed plates. Garnish wtih lemon wedges and serve with lemon dill mayonnaise.

Lemon Dill Mayonnaise

1 large pasteurized egg yolk.
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard.
1 tsp finely minced lemon zest
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup canola oil
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/8 tsp fine salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground white pepper.

1. Briskly whisk together beaten egg yolk, mustard, lemon zest and lemon juice until it is pale yellow in colour, about 1 min.
2. Pour oil (drop by drop at the beginning) very slowly while whisking constantly and vigorously. After the first few drops of oil has been absorbed pour the rest of the oil in a slow steady stream into the mixture while whisking energetically.
3. Keep whisking until mayonnaise becomes smooth.


Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

They look delicious Shirley! Happy New Year and all the best for 2011! Hope to see you in January!

Wen said...

Happy New Year! The crabcake looks great!

La Table De Nana said...

Happy New Year! The do look so meaty and delicious!
And the home made mayo sounds like the perfect add on..
It sounds like you had fun Shirley..I know a lot of work too..but some fun:)

All the very best~

grub said...

what a great team building excercise, i wish we had more of that during school :P

i also wish you a happy new year! may 2011 be prosperous for you and your family :D

Cooking Gallery said...

This sounds like a very heavenly snack...! Crabs with mayo, yum!!

Min said...

Oh, crab meat is one of my favourites. Looks yummy especially to be served together with home made mayo. Happy New Year to you ya!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks really good and isn't it nice to have a team bonding cooking session. Did the bonding part work? :) Happy New Year Shirley!

tigerfish said...

Crab cakes! I wish to make them soon! And what a great way to enjoy Team-Building :)

Swee San said...

Happy New year Shirley :)

Trissa said...

Shirley, how lucky you are to have attended a cooking lesson in the US! I had better now show this post to Dan as he has been insisting that I make crab cakes - they are his favourite... but am just to lazy to remove the meat from the crabs and canned meat is expensive in Sydney! Maybe I can substitute with prawns? Thoughts?

Happy New Year!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Trissa, I think substituting with prawns will yield a different texture- more crunchy. Canned crab meat(good quality ones) are expensive here too... I got a few cans in the US :) - will pass a can to you when I get to Sydney next week!

Anonymous said...

Lovely crabcakes. Happy New Year! :)

Zurin said...

Happy new year Shirley! I have yet to ever try crab cakes but I can imagine how good it wld be. Crab just cannot be bad! beautiful and as I always say are one lucky girl! May you have even more fun in 2011!

Cool Chic Style Fashion said...

Happy New Year ♥
Moltissimi Auguri
per uno splendido 2011

Angie's Recipes said...

I can't never get enough of crab cakes and your lemon dill majo. looks seriously good!

Noob Cook said...

lucky you to have hands-on lessons, sounds great and the crab cakes look good. happy 2011!

Jo said...

Love crab cakes and you just reminded me that I have some crab meat in the freezer. These make excellent snacks or a light meal. Shirley, wishing you all the best for 2011 as well.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Home made crab cakes and mayo = luxurious

Happy New Year!!

Joanne said...

Sounds like a super fun experience! These crab cakes look delicious but I'm especially intrigued by that mayo! So delicious.

Zoe said...

Happy 2011! The crabcakes are great! Loves all your photos!

Anh said...

happy new year!! :) I adore crab cakes like these.

Kitchen Corner said...

Yum yum!! I like crab cakes! :)

3 hungry tummies said...

I can imagine eating this on a nice sunny afternoon, with a nice chilled beer. Happy new year my friend!

Pei-Lin said...

Hey! In my eyes, these meaty cakes with scented mayo look like a meal unto themselves.

Happy New Year, Shirley! May all your dreams come true in the Year of the Rabbit!

Anonymous said...

i love the herby looking crabcakes. i bet they taste wonderful too!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Oh Shirley, I can't tell you how hungry this is making me! Crabcakes are some of my favorite savory treats. Lemon-dill mayo sounds like the perfect dressing for them, too. Happy New Year!

dinewithleny said...

This looks great. I wonder if I can substitute crab with flaked salmon? hard to find crab meat here in melbourne too.

Carolyn said...

What a fun team-building exercise. I think you must have gotten the best recipe of the lot, this looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

made these for Good Friday, so yummy!


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