Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict


I hope everyone had a good Easter! We did. At our house, we don't do a big Easter dinner, instead we do a brunch and relax for the rest of the day. This year, we made one of our family's go-to favorites - crab cakes eggs benedict. They are basically just like regular eggs benedict - but with a crab cake in place of the Canadian bacon. We borrowed the idea when we first had them at Hyde Park Bar and Grill in Austin. If you're ever in Austin, you should definitely check them out - their food is delicious!

Ingredients:
  • Crab Cakes
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp. Dijon or Cajun mustard
    • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
    • 1 lb. fresh lump crabmeat, drained
    • 1 cup (about 20 crackers) crushed saltines/Ritz crackers
    • 1 qt. peanut oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 English muffins
  • Hollandaise sauce
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    • Dash of Tabasco
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Yield: 4 servings


The recipe for the crab cakes comes from Southern Living.  To make them, stir together the first 5 ingredients, then fold in the crabmeat and crushed crackers.  Let stand for 3 minutes.


Shape the mixture into 8 patties and place on wax paper.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.  We've found that the crab cakes hold up much better if you chill them overnight.


Fry the crab cakes in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden.


Drain on paper towels.


Break the English muffins in half and lightly toast each half.  Poach the eggs in simmering water on medium heat for about 3 minutes, or until cooked.  I prefer using poach pods lightly coated with cooking spray.


To make the Hollandaise sauce, I used the blender method in James Beard's Theory and Practice of Good Cooking.


Combine the egg yolks, salt, Tabasco, and lemon juice in a blender and blend on the high setting, just enough to blend the mixture.  


Heat the butter until it is bubbling, but not to the point it is browned. Remove the insert from the lid of the blender, turn the blender on high and pour the hot butter in a thin, continuous stream. When the butter is absorbed and the sauce thick, turn off the blender. If you need to thin the hollandaise, add 1 tablespoon hot water into the sauce while the blender is running.


Assemble the Eggs Benedict by putting one crab cake on an English muffin half, then put the poached egg on top of the crab cake. If you used poach pods to poach the eggs, turn the poach pod upside down over the crab cake and gently push on the bottom - the egg should slide right out. Pour the hollandaise over the eggs and salt and pepper the eggs to taste.


These are always a big hit at my house - they make a delicious brunch for a special occasion.

Did you make anything special for Easter?

2 comments:

  1. Oh these look really wonderful! I'll have to give this a whirl. Thanks!

    Hugs, Pam

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