Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Spicy Cajun Crab Cakes w/ Seafood Bechamel Sauce + An Award

I recently had a lovely lunch with my dear daughter at Cafe' Ahnvee, a quaint little Cajun restaurant that specializes in seafood. It was our first time to dine here, but it won't be our last! I ordered the Crab Cakes w/ Seafood Bechamel Sauce, with a side of Seafood Eggplant Stuffing and house salad.  She ordered the Yellow Fin Tuna Steak, with Sweet Potato Fries and a house salad. All worth every calorie, cher! I enjoyed this sinfully delicious dish, so much,  that I decided to attempt to replicate it at home. It was really quite easy to make, as I had all of the ingredients on hand. I try to keep a good stash of crabmeat, shrimp, and crawfish, in my freezer, at all times! I am totally addicted to seafood and couldn't live without it! Cest bon,cher! Enjoy!

Spicy Cajun Crab Cakes

1 lb. lump crabmeat, picked over
2 tbs.'s minced onion
2 tbs.'s minced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbs. butter
1 egg lightly beaten
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. or more, Cajun seasoning
Few shakes Tabasco
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Saute the onions, celery, and garlic in the butter until tender and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly, and stir in the crab, egg, mayo, bread crumbs, thyme, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with Cajun seasoning and Tabasco and shape into patties. Coat patties with flour and sprinkle with paprika. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet and saute the crab cakes for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Seafood Bechamel Sauce

2 tbs.'s butter
2 tbs.'s all purpose flour
1 cup warm milk 
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt and Tabasco to taste
1 tbs. chopped fresh flat leafed parsley
1 cup cooked shrimp or crawfish tails

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, until well blended. Continue to cook,  stirring constantly, until a blonde roux forms. Gradually stir in the warm milk, and continue cooking and stirring until sauce begins to boil and thicken. Lower heat, add cooked seafood and seasonings, and simmer over very low heat for 5 minutes.
Serve over warm crab cakes for a divinely delicious treat! Enjoy!


Versatile Blogger Award

I recently received The Versatile Blogger Award from one of my favorite blog buddies. Merci beaucoup to Drick @ Drick's Rambling Cafe' for this very special award! Drick is a master par excellence, of cooking and grilling Southern food and his fabulous cookbook has become one of my kitchen Bibles! Please pay him a visit, when you have time. I am totally  honored and think that being versatile isn't everything in life, but it sure helps! Now, for the easy part! In order to accept this award, I must write seven things about myself.

1. I once was a vegetarian and still love to eat vegetarian meals, in between seafood, that is.

2. Every now and then, I like to take a nap, about twice a year.

3. I'm a Virgo, to the max and like everything in it's place.

4. My favorite desserts are Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie and Vanilla Bread Pudding w/  Praline Sauce.

5. I'm not a morning person, and never see the sunrise.

6. My biggest pet peeves are rude people and crazy drivers.

7. Dancing is my favorite activity, but I guess you already knew that.

Now, for the hard part. I am supposed to pass this award along to 10 other bloggers.  Since I know so many more than ten bloggie friends who deserve this award, it's hard to just pick ten. But, here goes. They are all very versatile and wonderful and I hope that you will visit them as soon as you can! Congrats to all!

Hope that you all are having a wonderful week! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!



Cloudia said...

I love visiting here....

and YOU!

Warm Aloha from Honolulu

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the award! And those dishes sound heavenly.

nanny said...

I love crab cakes......

Congrats on the award!!!

Joanne said...

I love eggplant, that Seafood Eggplant Stuffing sounds divine :)

Somehow I didn't think you'd be much of a napper!

And Congrats on the Versatile Blogger Award, and a whole latte thanks for sending it along my way ...

kitchen flavours said...

Congratulations on the award! The crab cakes looks wonderful!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Holy crap I am totally going to make these! Thanks for the recipe. Thank you for trying them out and home for us and then posting the delicious recipe!

ellen abbott said...

We share a few things. I too was once a vegetarian, I seldom take naps and I never see the sunrise either. Oh, and I really like to dance.

Arlee Bird said...

I really appreciate the award, but could I have the crab cakes instead. I have been so craving crab cakes and good luck finding them around where I live. Yours look so, so good.
I'll be showing off my award on my Saturday post.

Tossing It Out

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks so much for the award. And the great thing about your recipes is that I am such a terrible cook, all I can do is dream -- no calories to dreaming. Roland

Al said...

Thank you Marguerite, I truly appreciate this award.
Please be patient with me on passing this award along. I generally take a few weeks to get my act together (and that is without the internet connection problems I am having at the moment).
Thank you again.


Publish or Perish

Al said...

BTW that recipe has me drooling. I love seafood and chilli sot the two together sound great!

John said...

Another one for my UK Cajun recipe book; might hold off on the sauce though, just a personal thing.

Probably the last chance here in the UK for a BBQ tonight before the weather goes completely downhill, so I'll be burning meat with a good traditional (no gas) flat, warm, English beer. Each to his own!

Kat said...

Oh, how I love Crab Cakes. Fall? Officially, maybe. Reality is it is going to be 96 degrees!!!! Please, please send me some rain. Think I will get out and do the rain dance today. I am married to a Virgo, maybe that is why I love you and your blog so much!

Drick said...

now that is a perfect combination, you know I'm not a big fan of breading in crab cakes and yours is excellent and that sauce is to die for, I could eat it by the spoonfuls ... thanks for the kind words, since I have followed you, I have learned so much from your recipes and appreciate your friendship...

Deb said...

Gosh that sounds good. I could eat that for breakfast!

Keri said...

Very very nice. You're the master at this kind of cooking. And for good reason. I love it.


Nancy said...

Congrats on the honor, and thank you so much for the new recipe. I love crabcakes and try them wherever we go and they are on the menu.

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

The crab cakes looks great. Thanks for sharing dear Marguerite . Thanks for sharing.

Also congratulations on your award.

Love and hugs, Zhivago

Eddie Bluelights said...

Your Spicy Cajun Crab Cakes look absolutely fabulous, Marguerite. I think if I lived in Cajun Land I would be totally addicted too. With all this phosphorous in the fish and sea foods you must be extremely brainy and able to solve crosswords and suduku puzzles with ease and speed. LOL

I think you my dear friend for the Versatile Blogger Award and I am honoured to receive it. I will duly nail it to my side bar once I have fullfilled my obligations of writing 8 things about me the world is just dying to discover!!! LOL
btw you did only 7. Are you going to treat us to number 8 soon?
I am a Libran and should be a well balanced sort of chap, i.e Being extremely canaille on the one hand versus being rather serious sometimes!! LOL Which do you think wins? LOL
I wonder how Virgos get on with Librans? LOL. It seems we do because I am nocturnal and I am hopeless in the mornings. It takes me until 10am to get into second gear LOL.
However I am a little confused because you say you take a nap just twice a year! Is that all? Are you really awake for the rest of the year? LOL
I also do not like crazy drivers or rude people. I have been know to say, "Do you have to try hard to be offensive or does it come naturally?" LOL
Looking forward to working on my award ceremony. Oh and congratulaions for receiving it from Drick.
I always love to make you laugh and thanks for your wonderful blog where I can wine and dine to my hearts content ~ Eddie

Rosaria Williams said...

Love those crab cakes! Thanks for thinking of me, Marguerite. It's an honor, indeed!

Marguerite said...

Cloudia- Merci, the feeling is mutual, cher! Aloha, and thanks for coming by!

Alex- Thanks for your nice comment! They are heavenly!

nanny- I simply adore crab cakes, too! Thanks! So glad you stopped by!

Joanne- The eggplant stuffing was fab! Always too much to do to nap! lol Thanks, you're very welcome!

kf- Thanks, so glad you like them, and hope you try them!

Karen- Thanks, so happy that you want to try them! They are divine and won't disappoint! You're welcome, my pleasure.

ellen- I'd say we have a lot in common! Plus we both live in the South and love New Orleans!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Oooowee...that looks divine!

Thanks for the new blog blingage. You da best, sha. :)

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Looks amazing Marguerite! Thanks for swinging by to visit. I really need to pop over here more often!

Linda Starr said...

versatile you are, congrats, crab cakes and sweet potato fries, yummy.

Mary Bergfeld said...

It sounds like a great place to eat. The recipe for crab cakes has me swooning and the use of a seafood bechamel set my mouth to watering. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

Happy fall... y'all right back at ya. Unfortunately, Atlanta is still burning hot.

Marguerite said...

Lee- You're so welcome, and you can have both! lol Thanks, I would send you some, if I could! But, seriously, you can order Cajun crab cakes and crawfish, online @ cajungrocer.com

Roland- You're welcome, cher! But wouldn't it be more fun to make them and actually eat them? lol Cheers!

Al- You're very welcome! Take your time! Sometimes it takes me months to post them and I've got several more waiting in the wings, as we speak! Thanks, drooling is good!

John- Thanks, it's a good one to hold on to! Sounds like a good plan, especially the warm beer! Cheers!

Kat- I love crab cakes, too and I hope that you try these. They are divine! It's still hot, here, too, but we're supposed to get some rain and cooler air, soon. I'll send some your way! Thanks, cher, maybe so! Virgos rule! lol

Drick- Merci beaucoup for the sweet compliments, cher! I love your blog and have learned so much from you, too! And I treasure your friendship, as well!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Congrats, dearest Marguerite!!! So deserved!!! You are FAB!!! And those crab cakes look divine!!! Oh, my!! Loved the reveal!!! You are awesome!! ~Janine XO

Kittie Howard said...

Congratulations on the award, cher! It's truly deserved. And your cakes had me drooling. I've never known anyone who knew his/her way around the kitchen like you do.

And I thank you for your award...you're a sweetie! Yes, I had to recuperate a bit...hub and I and were among the co-organizers of a golf tourney in Maryland to establish a scholarship in memory of mutual friend who died; the scholarship is part of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Lots of folks in. Guess what I served at the house? Your shrimp cakes!!! They loved every bite! Can't wait for your book!

Laura said...

Oh Marguerite, thank you.
And you are the BEST cook.
I am still waiting for your cookbook!

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aslan said...

Get a great weekend..congrulations on
the awars.

With love..

Magic of Spice said...

First off congratulations on your award :) Love Drick and visit often...Second wow on your selections at lunch I could go for both you and your daughters easy. And you re-creation is both
Merveilleux et incroyable! Love getting to know more about you too...
Have a great weekend :)