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Tom's Kitchen Crab Cakes

“Fresh, seasonal produce is always best, so before your dinner party why not research what’s in season and head to your local market, butchers, fish mongers or farm shop.” – Tom Aikens

Ingredients

Spicy Crab Cakes

135g fresh white crab meat
135g Baked Potato, put through a sieve
85g shallots, finely diced
17g butter
3.5g salt
6 turns of black pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
20g coriander, roughly chopped
2 large red chilli, finely diced and no seeds
2 large green chilli, finely diced and no seeds
Zest of 3 limes 8g caster sugar
1.3g smoked paprika
0.5g cayenne pepper
1 x egg for egg wash
Flour for Panco crumbs
1 x pack Panco bread crumbs

Tomato Salsa

70g red onion, peeled and diced
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
300g tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded and diced
20g lime juice
5g red chilli, finely diced
10g coriander, finely chopped
7g basil, finely chopped
35ml olive oil
6g sea salt
7 turns black pepper
8g caster sugar

Makes 5

Method

1. To make the crab cakes, place the butter into a pan on a medium heat, once melted add the shallots, salt, pepper and cover with a lid, sweat till just soft for 2-3 minutes with no colour, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute, then leave to cool in a bowl.

2. Mix into this the crab, potato, coriander, chilli, lime zest, paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper, add the egg yolks and check the seasoning. Mould into approximately 65g size cakes that are approximately 1.5cm depth and 5cm diameter, place into the fridge to set for a hour

3. Once set, using floured hands and a palette knife, tap the cakes into the right shape using plenty of flour, place one at a time into the egg wash and then lifting them out one by one place into the crumbs and tap all over with a palette knife so they are well coated, place onto a clean tray and repeat the process again with just egg wash and bread crumbs.

4. To make the tomato salsa, mix all the ingredients together and season to taste.

5. To assemble, place the crab cake into the fryer until lightly golden. Then place in the oven for five minutes. To serve, put the tomato salsa into a side dish next to the crab cake.

Tom Aitkens

“A lot of dinner party items can be prepped before the party itself, this will mean you can relax and spend more time enjoying your guests’ company.” – Tom Aikens

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