Mini Crab Cakes

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Mini Crab Cakes (Side Dish)


  •      8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  •      1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  •      1 large egg
  •      1/4 cup sour cream
  •      1 teaspoon orange zest
  •      1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  •      4 teaspoons plus 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives, –
  •     -divided
  •      1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  •      Large pinch cayenne pepper
  •      6 ounces fresh lump crabmeat, picked over, patted dry, –
  •      -coarsely shredded
  •      1-1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)    
  •      1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , melted
  •      Fresh chives cut into pieces


These are truly the perfect little passing hor’dourves, coming together almost effortlessly.  The addition of orange and lemon zest gave them a nice burst of citrus flavor.  However, the crunchy outside against the creamy inside is really what knocked these out of the park.


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth.  Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and egg; beat to blend.  Beat in sour cream, citrus zest, 4 teaspoons chopped chives, coarse salt and cayenne pepper.  Fold in crabmeat.  (This can be made one day ahead.  Cover and chill.)
  2. Toss 1-1/2 cups panko, 3/4 cup Parmesan and 4 Tablespoons chopped chives in a bowl.  Drizzle melted butter over, tossing with a fork until evenly moistened.  Press 1 rounded Tablespoon panko mixture into bottom of each muffin cup (makes a well with your thumb), forming crust.  Spoon 1 generous Tablespoon crab mixture into each cup.  Sprinkle more panko mixture over each.
  3. Bake crab cakes in a 350 degree oven until golden on top and set, about 20 minutes.  Cool in pan 5 minutes.  Gently lift each crab cake out of the pan with a fork onto a serving platter. (Can be made 2 hours ahead.  Arrange on baking sheet, let stand at room temperature.  Rewarm in a 350 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.)
  4. Arrange crab cakes on a serving platter; sprinkle with chives.


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