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Italian Crab Cakes

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I created these delicious Italian Style Crab Cakes as a starter for dinner on Saturday night.

I replaced mayonnaise with ricotta cheese and added fresh Italian herbs for a delicious twist on this seafood favorite.

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Ingredients (makes 12 crab cakes)

  • 2 tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh italian parsley (chopped)
  • 1/8 cup red bell pepper (minced)
  • ¼ cup red onion (minced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups lump crab meat
  • ¾ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh chives (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup garlic aioli
  • 2 lemon (sliced into wedges)
  • 1 cup mixed greens

Begin by whisking the ricotta cheese and egg together.  Next, mix in the fresh basil, parsley, bell pepper, onion and garlic.

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Add the crab meat, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese then form into cakes.

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Heat the olive oil in a skillet then add the crab cakes and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove and serve on a bed of mixed greens, then top with garlic aioli and chives. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

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These can be served as an entree with sides like Garlic Lemon Asparagus and Cilantro Lime Rice.

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Or served as an appetizer with your favorite Italian meal, such as Chicken Parmesan or Lemon Herb Salmon.

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Either way, these delectable seafood favorites will be the hit of the night!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Zucchini and corn can replace the crab in this recipe for a vegetarian take on the dish.

♦ Gluten Free Option: When gluten-free bread crumbs are used, this recipe is gluten-free.