7 December 2011

Crab Cakes Dressed up for the Holidays with Red Pepper Mayonnaise for Cooking Light

 cooking light magazine crab cakes with red pepper mayonnaise perfect for the holidays of Christmas
Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Mayonnaise

We are so glad you have decided to join us once again for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. This is a monthly event where a group of ladies and gents in two neighbouring countries get together to create a delicious meal with a theme in mind. We are now in our second year and continue to share a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. This is a team effort where we combine what Cooking Light readers like best...good food with great company!!! Every month millions of readers turn to Cooking Light for recipes, advice on nutrition and fitness.

As of December 1st I officially started thinking out loud about Christmas, the decorations went up and baking is a weekly occurance. With the holidays coming this is the perfect time of year to pump up our kitchens into high gear! Let's see what the ladies and gent over at the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club have brought to our Virtual Supper this month. If you would like to join in with a healthy hors d'oeuvres from the pages of Cooking Light, from your archives or any another dish that would fit the "light" theme please feel free to join in the Linky below. This months theme Holiday Hors d'oeuvres was chosen by Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe.

During the holiday season when we are faced with an overwhelming variety of tasty dishes. Let's face it eating is a central part of the holidays. Whether you're serving two or 20, lightened up dishes make sure your dinner will be delicious as well as healthy.

Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe offers some delectable Broiled Marinated Shrimp.

Jerry of Jerry's Thoughts, Ravings and Rants brings us some tasty Beef and Gorgonzola Toasts.

Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen wows us with a delightful snack of Honey-Glazed Almonds.

Roz  of La Bella Vita brings alongs luscious Mini Smoked Salmon Pizzas.

For my entry I brought along some mouthwatering Mini Crab Cakes with Pepper Mayonnaise.
Here is my secret to healthy holiday eating. Stop thinking you have to give up your favourite holiday treats, such as those cookies made by a special relative. I don't know about you but as soon as I even think of not eating something, I want to eat more. Instead, plan to enjoy one or two cookies rather than a whole plate even if they are just that good!!! To get the most flavour and pleasure from any food, slow down and savour every bite. Everything in moderation has always been a good philosophy to live by.

**Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Mayonnaise**

Red Pepper Mayonnaise:

1 red bell pepper
1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 garlic clove
Dash of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

Crab Cakes:

1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced celery
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
2 tablespoons butter, divided
10 cup trimmed watercress (about 10 ounces) 6 lemon wedges (optional) $

1. Preheat broiler.

2. To prepare mayonnaise, cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel pepper. Place pepper, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, garlic, and hot pepper sauce in a food processor. Process until smooth; transfer to a bowl, and chill.

3. To prepare crab cakes, combine 1/3 cup mayonnaise and next 6 ingredients (through crab) and 3/4 cup panko in a large bowl; stir until well combined. Form into 6 patties; dredge patties in remaining 1/2 cup panko. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 patties to pan; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through, turning once. Remove from pan, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and patties. Serve crab cakes with watercress and red pepper mayonnaise. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

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  1. Those look really good!



  2. Oh My God looks very good, is a pit that don't find crab here, even canned .

  3. Crab cakes are always such a special treat and should be served with the finest mayonnaise topping. Can't wait to try this one with the roasted red pepper. It's so pretty Val.

  4. Val, these crab cakes look and sound delightful! I want to try them in the next few weeks. I tried a recipe for crab cakes with red pepper in the crab mix and tasted full of flavor..I know these will be wonderful.

  5. Love crab cakes and this version sounds so much healthier that some; love the idea of adding roasted red pepper to the mayo.

  6. just wondering how many crab cakes this makes? i was thinking about bringing them to a party as an appetizer. thanks!

  7. The recipe serves 6, but since I made them into tiny crab hors d'ouevres it made about 2 dozen depending on how large or small you make them.

  8. They look soo good! The mayo..I love adding special condiments to crab cakes..

  9. Mmmm I loooove crab cakes! These look light and fluffy.

  10. It's always so hard trying to figure out what to serve for appetizers. Thanks for the help!

  11. Crab cakes are wonderful and yours look very delicious! Can't wait to try the recipe with the roasted red pepper. Thanks for the recipe!refec

  12. if only i ate shellfish i'd be more than delighted to make these for myself. but since i know my parents do, a stab at them is looking in order. i love the red pepper mayo! a kick is always tasty! happy holidays!

  13. You know I've never made crab cakes Val…might have to consider them for the holidays!

  14. My parents tried to serve those frozen hor d'ourves at Thanksgiving and I had a fit. I'm showing up with these for Christmas, no doubt about it!

  15. I don't think there's any time of the year one shouldn't serve crab cakes but since you're offering, I'll have 4!

  16. If Peter is having four, I'll hurry up and grab the fifth one on the plate ;) Very nice presentation!

  17. I love showing up to parties and find crab cakes being served. These sound fantastic with the mayonnaise!

  18. Very holiday-y. Love the red mayo. A platter of those would disappear in no time here. Thanks for this recipe, I need to go check out the others.

  19. Crab cakes are nice at Christmastime. They are a special treat!

  20. Crab cakes are a delicious favorite of ours and I haven't made them for far too long. The red pepper mayo sounds delicious!

  21. I am just now getting around to visiting. It's a good thing this was a virtual supper... we would never be able to get everyone sitting around the table.

    These Crab cakes look delish!

  22. I don't know how I missed one of my favorite things. Crab Cakes. And, I love the sauce on top.

  23. i made these for new year's, and had a good bit of the mayo left over (instead of going through the trouble of specially roasting a pepper, i used some of my own canned pickled roasted red peppers). i've been using the leftovers ever since, and it is so, so, so fine. a condiment that truly makes life worth living. i will be making it again soon. thanks for the heads-up!


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