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Black and Blue Crab Cakes

Yield 5 servings
Preheat your cast-iron skillet for 5 to 10 minutes so crab cakes will sear quickly. Also, work in a well-ventilated area. Blackening produces smoke and has a tendency to set off smoke alarms.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound fresh jumbo lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 1 tablespoon Blackening Spice
  • Reddened Butter Sauce

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over crabmeat in a medium bowl.

  2. Stir together mayonnaise and next 7 ingredients in a small bowl; pour over crabmeat mixture, and toss gently. Shape mixture into 5 (3-inch) patties. (Mixture will be very soft.) Cover and chill at least 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Brush crab cakes with 2 tablespoons clarified butter. Sprinkle evenly with Blackening Spice. Cook crab cakes in 1/4 cup clarified butter in a hot cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve with Reddened Butter Sauce.

  4. Note: To make clarified butter, melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. (Fat rises to the top, and milk solids sink to the bottom.) Skim off white froth that appears on top; strain off clear, yellow butter, keeping back the sediment.