Sunday, March 3, 2013

Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites


Every once in a while we need an appetizer that is special.  One that will rock your taste buds!  When I first saw this recipe on Mary's blog, Home is Where the Boat Is, I knew that it had the potential to do just that.

We love to go crabbing...Mr. T doesn't necessarily love cleaning it...but he does it...we love to eat it....so, it is only fitting that he should be able to enjoy something special!!  I guarantee you that this recipe is one that you will repeat!

Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites
Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is

12 Servings
Hands-on time:  18 minutes
Total time:  48 minutes

6 oz fresh lump crabmeat
2 3-oz packages cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning, or similar
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

Chive Aioli

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Generously grease 2 (12-cup) miniature muffin pans.  Pick crabmeat, removing any bits of shell.  Stir cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.  Add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and next 6 ingredients. stir until smooth.  Fold in crabmeat and parsley.

Combine remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and melted butter in a medium bowl, toss with fork until breadcrumbs are moistened.  

Spoon 1 Tbsp breadcrumb mixture into each muffin cup, press into bottom and up sides to form crust.  Spoon 1 Tbsp crab mixture into each crust.  

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool in pans 5 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges of the crab cakes to loosen.  Gently lift the cakes from the pan.  Serve warm or at room temperature topped with Chive Aioli.

Chive Aioli

Makes 1/2 cup.  Prepare up to a day in advance, cover and chill.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and chill.




Simple, wasn't it?  Our guests couldn't get enough of them...It is hard to eat only one...or two...or three...or.....

I am sharing today at On the Menu Monday hosted by Yvonne at Stone Gable.


20 comments:

  1. Oh boy, they look gorgeous! Count me in for... :@)

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  2. Yes indeedy, they look wonderful! We clam, but don't go crabbing. I saw them on Mary's too, and you reminded me to make them!

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  3. I'd hve to say they are definitely pretty special.

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  4. Thanks for the printable recipe! I saw this at Mary's but forgot to print it. I will now!!! We belong to a dinner group and are always looking for different recipes for appetizers. XO, Pinky

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  5. Kathy~ I love to go crabbing too, cleaning not so much :) and they a tasty and easy little crab bite! I'm rarely disappointed by a Southern Living recipe! Thanks for the shout out and have a great week!

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  6. They look and sound super good and the aioli sounds like an excellent topping

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  7. They are definitely special and would be so fun to serve to company.
    Sam

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  8. What a delicious way to serve crab cakes and the aioli sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    leslie

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  9. If you've ever been to my blog, you know I LOVE BITES. Crab and cheddar are yum. I love party food.

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  10. Yummie! I know I would love these little bites.

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  11. Delicious recipe! I love bite size - makes me feel better about eating, it sort of creates an illusion of portion control :-). But I could eat a dozen of these bites :-)

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  12. Wow! They look and sound so delicious! I don't think I could stop at eating just one.

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  13. Yum! I love this and just wish we had fresh crab here! Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. Oh...these crab bites are so adorable and they sounds decadents too. I wish I have a Mr. around to help clean the crabs. :P Thanks for sharing this specially appetizer recipe. Can't wait to try it.

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  15. Very yummy and very special indeed. I love crabbing too but not the shelling and clean up :) might have to buy some crab meat ..........

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  16. This is a great recipe.... I look forward to giving it a try since I LOVE crab cakes. It's a great new way to do it.

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  17. This is a perfect appetizer, Kathy. I would be happy with several of these cakes and a salad for dinner. We love our Dungeness crab and will be enjoying this recipe very soon.

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  18. These look so insanely delicious - my mouth is watering! I am putting crab cakes on the menu this week!

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  19. These sound delicious!! Thank you so much for linking them up to Saturday Dishes!! Hope to see you next week.

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