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Mini Crab Cakes by Peter Smith

Yields: About 6-8 appetizer crab cakes


1 pound Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (cleaned of shells)
1 each Whole Egg
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard (extra spicy if possible)
2 tablespoons Panko Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon Cilantro, minced
To season Cayenne
To season Salt and pepper


In a mixing bowl combine the egg, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard. Mix well and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the panko, cleaned crab meat and cilantro add a pinch of salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne. Once combined, add the egg mixture to the crab meat and lightly mix to combine. Once combined form into 2.25 ounce cake (they can be made smaller or larger depending on the application.) Once formed, heat a sauté pan over medium heat add a touch of neutral oil. Brown the crab cakes for about 2 minutes on each side. Once browned, transfer the cakes to a cookie sheet or sizzle platter to be reheated in a 375 degree oven before serving (see assembly below.)

Old Bay Mayonnaise


.5 cup Mayonnaise
.5 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 each Lemon, juiced


Combine all ingredients together and let sit refrigerated for 30 minutes before serving.


To serve, place the crab cakes in a 375 degree oven until thoroughly heated (before serving (time depends on the size, but 6 minutes is a good starting point.) Once heated, place on a plate and spoon a small dollop of the old bay mayo on top. Garnish with micro greens and serve. Alternative service could be as a crab cake slider, which would require only a mini bun.


The storyline in Liberty Road takes place at a crab house so making a dish with crab was a no brainier. Sam, the main character in Liberty Road, is under a lot of pressure in different aspects of his life, which correlates to the cooking process of crabs that are put in heat under a lot of pressure. Sam gets, poked, picked, and basically put through the ringer, but with a little bit of help at the end of the film, like the finished product of this dish, everything turns out well.

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