Sunday, August 13, 2006

Panko Mini Crabcakes and Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

- 2 cups all-purpose flour (as white as possible)
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 sticks butter
- 3/4 cup buttermilk

  1. Mix together first 4 ingredients in bowl.
  2. Cut butter into 1-cm cubes, and add in. Use the back of a fork, or two knives to work into the flour.
  3. When flour is crumbly, add in buttermilk all at once.
  4. Be careful NOT to knead the dough, or else you will form glutens and the biscuits will not be fluffy.
  5. Gather dough into a ball, roll into rectangular sheet of 1/2" thick.
  6. Create rounds using a cookie cutter.
  7. Gather remaining scrap dough into a ball, making more biscuits until all dough is gone.
  8. Brush generous amounts of buttermilk on tops of biscuits before baking, will brown nicely.
  9. Bake for 18 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Panko Mini Crab Cakes (from August 2006 edition of Bon Appetit)

- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp cilantro (I prefer this over parsley)
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly chopper garlic
- dash of sesame oil

- 16 oz. jumbo lump crabmeat, strained/patted dry
- 10 Tbsp + 3/4 cup finely ground Panko crumbs
- 4 green onions, minced
- 1 large egg, beaten

olive oil for frying

Whisk together first section's ingredients.

  1. Then add crabmeat, egg, green onions, and 10 Tbsp processed Panko crumbs.
  2. Shape mixture into cakes.
  3. Roll cakes in remaining breadcrumbs to coat.
  4. Refrigerate before frying.
  5. Fry in olive oil over medium heat until golden brown, or about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Place in oven to keep warm.
  7. Serve with roasted pepper sauce and fresh cilantro for garnish.

Some images of my dinner tonight;

Ensemble picture of Panko Crab Cakes, Ginger Sauteed Green Beans, Roasted Pepper Aioli, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Pink Lemonade.

For dessert, chocolate cheesecake with rum apricot glaze, fresh fruit and chocolate shavings.


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