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Maryland Corn & Crab Cakes
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This corn and crab cakes recipe tastes like summer by the shore. The tomato and corn salad that accompanies them is a lively addition.”
1 cup corn kernels (see Tip)
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat, divided
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon hot sauce
¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 pound pasteurized crabmeat, drained if necessary, picked over
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, for cooking
2½ cups corn kernels
2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
½ cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons white balsamic or white-wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 lemon wedges for serving
1To prepare crab cakes: Combine 1 cup corn, ½ cup breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, bell pepper, parsley, mustard, egg, lemon juice, dill, hot sauce and Old Bay seasoning in a large bowl. Gently mix in crabmeat. Pack a ½-cup measuring cup with the crab cake mixture and unmold into your hand. Pack the mixture into a ball, then gently pat into a 3-inch cake about 1 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining crab mixture, forming 8 crab cakes total.
2Place the remaining ½ cup breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Gently dredge both sides of each crab cake in the breadcrumbs; transfer to a large plate. (Discard any remaining breadcrumbs.) Refrigerate.
3To prepare corn salad: Combine 2½ cups corn, tomatoes, red onion, 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
4To cook crab cakes: Place a large baking sheet in the oven; preheat to 250°F.
5Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 crab cakes; cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet. Reduce the heat under the pan to medium-low and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the remaining crab cakes until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the salad and lemon wedges.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
How to Remove Corn Kernels
Stand an ear on its stem end and slice the kernels off with a sharp knife. To extract the corn “milk” and get more flavor for sauces, soups or puddings, add another step to the process: After cutting the kernels off, press the dull side of the knife down the length of the ear to push out the rest of the corn and its milk.
Yield: You'll get about 1 cup fresh kernels from one large ear of corn.
Easy cleanup: To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you bake.