May is a special time to think about Mom. I don’t like to go out to a restaurant on Mother’s day, mainly because the restaurants are so crowded and they change the menu. So I always love when my family makes me a brunch at home. This is a special dish I enjoy, and you can make the crab cakes the day ahead and reheat before serving. The sauce is quick, and as you’ll see in my notes I like a little “kick” to my dishes so I often add some diced jalapeño to this dish either in the sauce or the crab cake. This would also work great for a “ladies” lunch!
Crab Cakes with Avocado Citrus Sauce
Serving Size: 8
1 pound crab meat
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon dry mustard (I like Colman’s)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or plain non-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon cilantro or parsley
1 teaspoon old Bay Seafood seasoning
½ cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a sheet pan with vegetable cooking spray, set aside.
Combine all ingredients except for crab meat. Fold in crab meat. Form into 8 patties, place on sheet pan. Bake 12-15 minutes, turning midway, until lightly browned and set.
Serving Ideas: Line a plate with mixed greens, place a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes, top with a crab cake. Drizzle Avocado Citrus Sauce on top.
Optional: top with a poached egg.
NOTES: If you like spicy, add some chopped fresh jalapeño to the mix.
Avocado Citrus Sauce
(Adapted from California Avocado)
Serving Size: 8
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup evaporated skim milk
½ teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 avocado, ripe, mashed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Melt butter in small saucepan, add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored.
Add the milk and bring to a simmer, do not boil, stirring frequently.
Add the orange zest, juices and the avocado, heat until warmed.
Serving Ideas: Good served over crab cakes, grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon.
NOTES: Quick and easy sauce. If you like spicy, add some chopped jalapeno when cooking the garlic.