Thursday, May 22, 2008

Carolina Crab Cakes - Biltmore Estate

***Recently, Brad and I were able to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. That was the second time that I've visited the estate, but it was the first time Brad has ever been. It was just as beautiful as I remember it...one word - Incredible! I can't even imagine living in a house that size. It has everything from a bowling alley to a swimming pool...wow! Is it any surprise that my favorite part of the whole tour was the kitchen???

Anyway, we were browsing through the gift shop and I spotted this cookbook. I was so excited. It's really got some wonderful recipes, and I'll certainly post them here as I work my way through the cookbook. These crab cakes were a great place to start...enjoy!***

Ingredients:
2 pounds crab meat
2 eggs
1/4 cup Japanese-style bread crumbs
2 tbsp. minced chives
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 C mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbsp. whole grain mustard
1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. mild olive oil or butter
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pick through the crab meat to remove any bits of shell. Combine with eggs, bread crumbs, and chives in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper; mix well with a wood spoon or gloved hands. Shape tightly into balls and flatten gently to form cakes, placing on a baking parchment-lined pan sprinkled with additional bread crumbs.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the crab cakes in batches of 4 or 5 and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Turn the cakes and cook for one minute longer. Remove to a baking pan lined with parchment. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes 6-8 crab cakes.

Source: Biltmore - Our Table to Yours Cookbook - The Biltmore Estate; Asheville, NC

4 comments:

Katie said...

Not only am I so jealous b/c I've always wanted to go to The Biltmore, but I am SOOOO tagging this crab cake recipe. It's a nice change to your basic MD recipe!

Renea said...

I love the Biltmore! We've been 3 or 4 times and it never gets old. This recipe looks awesome! I'll have to try it.

Anonymous said...

I am soo happy that you posted this recipe! I was just at The Biltmore last week and enjoyed a chef making this recipe as a demonstration at the winery. We were all given one to taste- they were delicious! My friend bought the cookbook and I forgot to get the recipe!
Thanks for your post.
Barbara

Real estate brochure said...

I havent been to Biltmore Estate in Asheville and ive lived here for 2 years, i should go check it out matbe even this weekend!
Thank you so much for this recipe the picture even makes me hungry! ha!

Cheers,
Jackie