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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Crab Cakes

“Fresh lump crabmeat makes all the difference in this recipe. In addition to lemon wedges, you can top the crab cakes with a mixture of light sour cream, horseradish, and chives.â€� —Nancee Melin, Tucson, AZ

Cooking Light JUNE 2008

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 crab cake and 1 wedge)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed
  • 1/2 cup crushed whole wheat crackers (about 12 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 lemon wedges

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine first 12 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1-inch-thick patty. Place patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 3 inches from heat for 10 minutes or until browned. Serve with lemon wedges.

Wine note: Crab and chardonnay are a classic match because crab is meaty, rich, and sweet and chardonnay is buttery, rich, and a touch sweet, too. The key with these crab cakes is choosing a chardonnay that's not so oaky or toasty that it will overwhelm the finesse of the crab. A good simple one is Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay 2006 from Sonoma County, California ($15). —Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 280
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Fat: 10.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Protein: 25.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.9g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 72mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 699mg
  • Calcium: 75mg
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