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Al Czervik 01-21-2012 02:09 AM

Al's Saucy Dungeness Crab and Tiger Prawn Cakes (prOn heavy)
 
I've been wanting to do something with all the Dungeness crab I had left over from the holidays. It went on sale for $2.99 per pound :shock: and so we bought ten crabs, cleaned and shelled them, then vacu-sucked the meat and froze it for later. I also had some 13-15 count Tiger prawns waiting for a good reason to eat.

I haven't had GOOD crab cakes for a while, so I figured I'd give them a shot at home. I searched the internet(s) :heh: until I finally found a recipe I thought sounded like something the family would like. It turned out to be a bonus that it included prawns too. :becky:

With that being said, I present to you Al's Sun-Dried Tomato Remoulade (Saucy) Dungeness Crab and Tiger Prawn Cakes.

The players for the binding sauce.
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The players for the Sun-Dried Tomato Remoulade.
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The two supporting cast members for the sauce.
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1.5 lbs
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.75 lbs
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Binding sauce ingredients before going for a ride in the food processor.
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One minute later.
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I divided the mixture above in half, then added 1/4 cup of cocktail sauce, 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatos, hot sauce, Old Bay and a good dose of crab boil. Processed the mixture for about a minute and here's the sauce, :doh: I mean remoulade.
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I put the finished sauce/remoulade in the fridge and got to work on the crab/shrimp cakes. I didn't get a shot of it, but I pretty much chopped up the shrimp into a puree, and combined it with the shelled crab. I took that combo and folded it into the left over binding sauce and added 3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs. From there I formed it into eight patties.
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The red, yellow and green flecks you see in the patties are very small chunks of sweet pepper I diced and added for a little more flavor, crunch and color.
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Once the patties set up for a while in the fridge, I dredged them in flour and eggs and coated them with panko bread crumbs.
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Browned them for a couple minutes per side in EVOO.
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Crispy brown on the outside.
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Fired up the Traeger.
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Once I got it stoked up to about 400, on they went. After about ten minutes they were pretty much done. The Thermopen read about 180 and they were sizzling nicely. :becky:
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Plated and ready to go with a light green salad and basic vinaigrette.
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As you can see, I didn't soak the crab/shrimp cake in the remoulade (sauce :heh:), but did end up using quite a bit of it after I took this shot.
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This was easily one of the BEST crab cakes I have ever had, and my wife and daughter felt the same. In fact my daughter was a little bent that I only cooked four of the eight cakes I prepared. :tsk: There was a whole lot more crab/shrimp than bread crumb and the flavors really stood out. The sauce had a very subtle sweetness from the sun-dried tomato, plus it had a nice kick from the cocktail and hot sauce. The good news is we have four more to eat tomorrow. :clap2:

Thanks for looking!
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buccaneer 01-21-2012 03:22 AM

Gorgeous stuff, yum!

KnucklHed BBQ 01-21-2012 03:31 AM

Holy shrimp! Nice pr4wn!! :pound:

stubshaft 01-21-2012 03:45 AM

Awesome:thumb:

tish 01-21-2012 03:54 AM

You're playing my song, Al! That looks so good, I'm going slightly out of my mind over here! Delicious!! :thumb:

Phubar 01-21-2012 06:20 AM

My kinda cookies!
Nice cooking Al!

BigButzBBQ 01-21-2012 09:32 AM

Fantastic looking feast! :thumb: :hungry:

bluetang 01-21-2012 09:36 AM

Woo doggies! That is righteous:clap2:

Phrasty 01-21-2012 09:39 AM

Reeeaaaaal nice Al! :clap:

cholloway 01-21-2012 10:00 AM

That looks fantastik!!!

Neil 01-21-2012 10:38 AM

That looks delicious.

KingRanch450 01-21-2012 10:40 AM

That looks awesome! A nice cold Blue Moon with that....mmmmm

big brother smoke 01-21-2012 10:46 AM

Those cakes look tasty for sure!

Gore 01-21-2012 11:46 AM

Great looking crabcakes, Al ... errr shrabcakes, ... I like the idea of mixing in the shrimp. Bet it gave them a really nice texture.

smokeyokie 01-21-2012 12:12 PM

Great Looking Plate!! you could fling one of those discs or flavor my way if you get full:becky:


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