Aurora Catering's

Crab Cakes Meuniere
Yield 16 - 18 Cakes

Ingredients

1 LB WHITE LUMP CRABMEAT
1 -1/2 CUPS MAYONNAISE 
1 -1/2 TSP RED PEPPER FLAKES
1 TSP WHITE PEPPER
2 TSP FRESH GARLIC (Minced very fine)
1 BUNCH GREEN ONIONS (Chopped fine)
1 CUP PLAIN BREAD CRUMBS
2 EGGS (Beaten)

2 EGGS (Beaten)
1 CUP MILK

2 CUPS WHITE FLOUR
1/2 LB BUTTER

Meuniere Sauce Ingredients

DRIPPINGS FROM THE SKILLET (Still hot from frying the cakes) 
2 TBSP LEMON JUICE
1 TSP WHITE PEPPER
2 TSP FRESH GARLIC (Minced very fine)
2 TBSP WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
1/2 BUNCH GREEN ONIONS (Chopped fine)

Trout Meuniere is a New Orleans FAVORITE!Method
Use a large stainless steel mixing bowl and GENTLY fold together the first 8 ingredients.  Try not to break up the crab meat.  Then use your hands to form cakes into about the size of a small biscuit. (about 1 inch high by 2 1/2 inches in diameter).  You should have enough to make about 16 - 18 cakes.

In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid batter of eggs and milk. Also in a small baking sheet pan add the flour.

Use a 12 inch Teflon skillet and over medium heat melt the butter.  Dredge the cakes one by one into the liquid batter, then roll them in the flour, then into the skillet. Do this until the skillet is full.  Allow the cakes to slow fry in the butter, when golden brown, turn and cook on the second side until it is golden brown.  You only want to turn the cakes once.  This will help to insure that they do not break up. Reserve cakes warm while the remaining others are cooked.

Meuniere Sauce Method
Discard about a third of the butter oil that remains in the skillet, BUT keep all of the browned bits of flour.  This will be your roux for the sauce.

Over medium high heat add all of the ingredients except the green onions. Bring to a bubble and simmer for a couple of minutes, add green onions and simmer for 2 -3 minutes or until green onions wilt, but do not brown.

Alternate Method
I like to add a 1/4 teaspoon of liquid crab boil to the crab meat if I use commercial crabmeat.

Also if you are using Surimi or imitation crabmeat I would suggest our Imitation Crab Cakes Recipe.

Plate Presentation
In a large heated ceramic platter arrange the cakes . Garnish with our with the meuniere sauce poured over the top of each cake. Serve

Chef's Notes:
The key to this recipe is to let the Louisiana CRAB taste shine.  So I don't want to over season. BUT, if you are using Surimi than look at my Imitation Crab Cakes Recipe, that stuff needs some seasoning help!

 

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Chef Emile L. Stieffel, Aurora Catering, Inc. email address: ChefEmile@CustomCatering.net
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Revised: June 16, 2008.