Crab Cakes With Jalapeno Remoulade

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Recipe by gailanng

"When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite is as good as the first, that's Cajun." -Paul Prudhomme The most important thing to remember when making crab cakes is to not overwork the mixture. The cakes should be loose, just barely holding together. Chilling them before they are cooked helps firm up them and hold together without too much binder (bread crumbs). From Real Cajun by Donald Link and Paula Disbrowe (Clarkson Potter, 2009)

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  1. To Make Jalapeno Remoulade: (Note: Makes about 1 ¼ cups. For the best results, make this spicy condiment a few hours in advance and then cover and refrigerate, so the flavors have time to develop.).
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl; cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. To Make Crab Cakes: Place the crab meat in a large mixing bowl and carefully pick through for shells; set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, poblano, garlic, salt, chile powder, black pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened but not brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the crab, the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, scallion, parsley, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs to the vegetable mixture. Using your hands, gently combine the ingredients.
  6. Using a 1-cup measuring cup, form the mixture into cakes, packing gently; they should look like hockey pucks, about 2 inches thick with straight sides. Cover the cakes and chill for 20 to 30 minutes, or overnight.
  7. When you are ready to cook the crab cakes, place the remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs in a pie tin. Dredge both sides of each cake in the crumbs, shaking off the excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, fry the crab cakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan-fry in batches if necessary, adding more oil if needed. Serve immediately, with Jalapeño Remoulade.

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