I’m always hoping to reel in some quick and easy recipes for the holiday season, so I was hooked by this recipe for miniature crab cakes that are baked, rather than panfried, and that I found in
The crab mixture can be made a day in advance, then the bite-size cakes are formed and baked in a mini muffin tin with a crust of Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs!
This is a winner of recipe and one I’ll use again for New Year’s Eve!
Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites
12 servings. Hands-on time, 18 minutes. Total time, 48 minutes.
6 oz. fresh lump crabmeat, drained (I used Bay Beyond Backfin Lump Crabmeat)
2 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¾ tsp. Old Bay seasoning (I used Cheasapeake Bay seasoning)
½ tsp. lemon zest
1 egg yolk
1 ½ Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 ¼ cup Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
¼ cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 2 (12-cup) miniature muffin pans. (I used a 24 cup mini muffin pan). Pick crabmeat, removing any bits of shell.
Stir cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and next 6 ingredients, stir until smooth. Fold in crabmeat and parsley.
Combine remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and melted butter in a medium bowl, toss with fork until breadcrumbs are moistened.
Spoon 1 Tbsp. breadcrumb mixture into each muffin cup, press into bottom and up sides to form crust. Spoon 1 Tbsp. crab mixture into each crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in pans 5 minutes. Run a knife around edges of crab cakes to loosen, gently lift cakes from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature topped with Chive Aioli.
Makes ½ cup. Prepare up to a day in advance, cover & chill.
½ cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover & chill.
A perfect bite for your holiday entertaining!
You can find a printable recipe, here.
The winner of my Blue Crab Bay Giveaway is
Kathi, please email me your mailing address and your Blue Crab Dinnerware will be on its way to you!
Congratulations Kathi and thanks to all who entered!