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Chefs compete in area crab cake competition

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There's a competition this weekend to make the best crab cake around! Chef Chris Clime of Passionfish visited for more on the contest.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake & Sweet Corn Chow-Chow
Chris Clime, Executive Chef, PassionFish

Yield:                                 4 Crab Cakes

Ingredients
1 pound                             Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat
3 dashes                            Tabasco sauce
1 each                                Lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon                      Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon                      Chives, chopped
2 teaspoon                         Kosher salt
.5 cup                                 Mayonnaise
1 each                                Whole egg, large
1 tablespoon                      Grape seed oil
To top                                Drawn butter

Procedure
Carefully pick the crabmeat then refrigerate until needed. To pick crab meat, Fill two bowls with ice and place a smaller bowl on top of each ice bath.  Place the crabmeat into one of these smaller bowls to keep it chilled while you clean it.  Fill this bowl with cold water.  Grab small lumps of crabmeat and gently pick through the tops to remove any cartilage, being careful not to mash the meat or break up the lumps.  To pick the shell out, dip your fingers in the water so the shell will stick to your fingers as you clean the meat.  To remove the shell, dip your fingers into the water so it will go into the bowl.  Place the cleaned meat into the other bowl.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine Tabasco, lemon juice, Old Bay, chives, salt, mayonnaise, and egg.  Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

Gently add about two-thirds of this mixture to the chilled crabmeat, carefully folding it in so you don’t break up the lumps. Check the seasoning; you want to add just enough wet mixture to the crab to have it well seasoned, without adding so much.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Divide the mixture into four portions and form crab cakes.  (Note: You could make mini crab cakes if preferred.)  Add about 1 tablespoon grape seed oil to a non-stick pan and sauté the cakes until golden brown on one side.  Flip the cakes and sauté on the other side until golden brown.

Transfer the cakes to a baking sheet. Top each with a little drawn butter and finish in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.  Do not overcook; finishing them in the oven is just to help the cakes bind together and plump the meat.

Serve on top of sweet corn chow-chow (recipe below,) and finish with tartar sauce and chives.

Sweet Corn Chow-Chow

Ingredients
3 ears                                 Corn, yellow or white
3 tbsp                                Extra virgin olive oil
.25 cup                              Apple cider vinegar
.25 cup                              Red bell pepper, diced
.25 cup                              Red onion, diced
1 teaspoon                        Cilantro, chiffonade
To taste                             Kosher Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

Procedure
Roast the corn in the husks at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, and then shuck and slice of the ear.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and season to taste.

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