Yield
8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Drain crabmeat, removing any bits of shell or cartilage; set aside.

Step 2

Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and sprinkle with salt. Place, cut side down, in a 9- x 13-inch baking pan; add 1 cup water.

Step 3

Bake, covered, at 400° for 40 minutes or until tender; set aside.

Step 4

Sauté onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil in a large non-stick skillet 5 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 cup wine, celery, and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside.

Step 5

Spoon pulp from eggplant, discarding peel. Pulse eggplant and vegetable mixture in a food processor 4 times or until coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess.

Step 6

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet. Add 1 pound crabmeat and remaining wine; bring to a boil. Add eggplant mixture, pepperoncini, salt, and pepper, tossing gently. Remove from heat and cool. Add 1 cup bread crumbs and cheese; toss gently.

Step 7

Shape into 8 (3 1/2-inch) patties; dredge in remaining bread crumbs.

Step 8

Cook 4 patties in 1 1/2 teaspoons hot oil in a large skillet 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and patties. Serve with remaining crabmeat. Garnish, if desired.

Step 9

*Note: Softbread crumbs are made by placing bread slices in a food processor or blender processing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or up to six months in freezer.

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