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Crab Cakes on Mixed Greens with Peanut Vinaigrette

Cooking Light JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Crab cakes:
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Walla Walla or other sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 20 unsalted saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • Salad:
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 3 cups gourmet salad greens
  • 3 cups trimmed watercress

Preparation

To prepare crab cakes, place a small sieve or colander in a 2-quart glass measure or medium bowl. Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over sides. Spoon yogurt into colander (A). Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate 12 hours. Spoon yogurt cheese into a bowl; discard liquid.

Combine yogurt cheese, onion, and next 10 ingredients (through crackers). Add crab; stir just until blended. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 6 patties; cook 3 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 6 patties.

To prepare salad, combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through red pepper), stirring with a whisk. Place greens and watercress in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss well to coat. Arrange about 1 cup salad on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 3 crab cakes.

Note: You can also use a quick-drain method for the yogurt. Spread yogurt onto several layers of paper towels (B), and cover with more paper towels. Let stand five minutes, and scrape into a bowl. Quick-drained yogurt isn't as thick as yogurt that's drained overnight, so start with a little bit less to ensure the crab mixture won't become too watery.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 286
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 9.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 30.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.9g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 114mg
  • Iron: 3.3mg
  • Sodium: 670mg
  • Calcium: 267mg
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