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  1. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Fresh jumbo lump crabmeat

  2. 1 Sweet red pepper - seeded, diced fine

  3. 1 Sweet yellow pepper - seeded, diced fine

  4. 1 tablespoon 15ml Finely-chopped fresh garlic

  5. 1 Jalapeno peppers - (to 2) - finely chopped

  6. 1/3 cup 5 1/3g / 1/5oz Fresh cilantro leaves - chopped

  7. 1/3 cup 78ml Mayonnaise

  8. 1 cup 146g / 5.1oz Fresh white bread crumbs

  9. 3 tablespoons 45ml Maryland-style "Old Bay" brand seasoning Powder

  10. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt

  11. 1 teaspoon 5ml Freshly-ground black pepper Olive oil or vegetable oil - for sauteing

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  1. Recipe Instructions Even though crab meat is packaged fresh and clean of shell there are always some shell fragments remaining. Open the crab meat, dump into a clean dish, and with scrupulously clean hands, pick through and clean the crabmeat of all shell fragments. Be careful of the delicate nature of such a high quality product and try not to crumble the large lumps of crab. Mix the crabmeat with the sweet peppers, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro leaves, and mayonnaise. Add the seasoning powder, 4 tablespoons of the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Mix well then refrigerate the mixture for twenty minutes. A cold mix is easier to work with and form into cakes. Cover a work surface with waxed paper and sprinkle with half of the remaining bread crumbs. Scoop up and divide the crabmeat into 6 equal-size portions and place each mound on the work space. With the portion of crab in the palm of one hand pat the crab with the fingers of your other hand into a disk-shaped cake approximately 3/4-inch thick. It is important for the crab cakes to be the same thickness so that they will cook uniformly. Pat each cake with the bread crumbs, turning them so they coat evenly on all sides. Refrigerate for at least an hour so that they firm enough to cook, and in this way prevent them from crumbling. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Not more than half an hour before you plan to serve the crab cakes add enough oil to cover the bottom of a saute pan. Heat until just before it begins to smoke. Add the crab cakes gently, being careful not to crowd the pan. (Cook them in two batches if necessary.) Turn the cakes and brown the second side. When the crab cakes are well browned to a rich golden on both sides, place on a heat-proof platter and into a 375 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes to ensure that they are fully cooked and hot at the center. Serve with chili mayonnaise and a mango salad. This recipe yields 6 to 8 crabcakes, 4 to 6 appetizer servings or 4 main course servings.


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