From the recipe files of Robert Hammond, chef and owner of The Kitchen at Honeyman Creek Farm in Warren, Oregon.
Robert says, "I use this Crabmeat Dressing
for many different preparations such as crab cakes, stuffed flounder, shrimps,
mushrooms, lobster, and Boulettes. For a more economical preparation, try a
trick that I learned from Justin Wilson: substitute some cooked flaked white
fish (such as catfish or cod) for part of the crabmeat. Most folks will not be able
to tell. Try this same recipe using small cooked shrimps or crawfish tail meat. MOLICIOUS!"
Baked Deviled Crab - Crabmeat Dressing
Yields: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 minutes
Creole Tartar Sauce (see recipe below)
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
onion, finely chopped
3 green onions including green tops, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup fine, dry white
bread crumbs (approximately), plus additional for topping (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare Creole Tartar Sauce; refrigerate. Pick over the
crabmeat to remove any bits of shell or cartilage.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Creole seasoning,
cayenne pepper, and the beaten egg; set aside.
In a frying pan over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons butter. Add the celery,
onion, green onions, bell pepper, and parsley; cook, stirring constantly, until
the vegetables are soft. Remove from the heat and allow the vegetables to cool completely.
the cooled vegetables into the mayonnaise sauce mixture. Gently fold in the
crabmeat and enough breadcrumbs to hold the mixture together without being
either too soupy or too dry.
Either spoon some dressing into 8 crab backs, individual ramekins, or into a
2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the top of the dressing lightly with
breadcrumbs then drizzle with melted butter.
Place the deviled crab in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30
minutes or until the top is a golden brown. Remove from oven.
Serve hot with Creole Tartar Sauce on the side.
Yield: 2 pounds or approximately 8 servings.
Creole Tartar Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade or Best Foods brand)
1/4 cup Creole mustard
3 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
3 tablespoons minced green onions with tops
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Creole mustard, parsley, green onions, onion, dill pickle, cayenne pepper, salt, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
Place in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Yield: 2 1/4 cups or 8 servings.