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Polenta Crab Cakes

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Category: Seafood, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 c Chicken stock
  • 1 ts Plus 2 tablespoons virgin
  • - olive oil
  • 3/4 c (4 ounces) instant polenta
  • 2 tb Unsalted butter
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 lb Jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 ts Worcestershire sauce, or
  • - more to taste
  • 1/2 ts Hot sauce, such as Tabasco,
  • - or more to taste
  • 1 ts Angostura (aromatic bitters)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 c (2 ounces) grated Parmesan
  • - cheese


This dish is a specialty of the Stouffer Renaissance Mayflower Hotel's Tino
Buggio, chef of the Nicholas restaurant. He was born in Italy, but grew up
in Dijon, France. This recipe reflects his father's love of seafood.

Bring the chicken stock and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil to a boil. Add the
polenta and stir constantly with a wire whisk or wooden spoon for 5
minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the chopped shallot, crab meat,
Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Angostura bitters, salt and pepper and
saute for 3 to 4 minutes to heat through. Remove from heat and add to the
polenta mixture.

Add the two eggs and Parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly.

Shape into round patties about 2 inches in diameter. Heat 1 tablespoon of
the remaining olive oil in a saucepan. Add crab cakes and cook over
medium-high heat for a total of about 3 minutes, or until brown on both

Per serving: 397 calories, 7 gm carbohydrates, 214 mg cholesterol, 1441 mg
sodium, 38 gm protein, 24 gm fat, 9 gm saturated fat

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