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Seafood Appetizer Recipes

 

Crab Louis 

 Maryland Crab Cakes 

Portuguese Style Stuffed Clams

 

Crab Louis

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 serving

Ingredients: Presentation
4-5 Belgium Endive leaves per serving
8 ounces crab meat
fresh strawberries
fresh grapes, red and green

Ingredients: Crab Salad
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup chili sauce
1 teaspoon Lea & Perrins
¼ cup chopped green pepper
¼ cup chopped green onion
2 tablespoons lemon juice
dash of Tabasco Sauce
salt
black pepper
8 ounces crabmeat

Method:
The traditional Sauce Louis starts with 1 cup of mayonnaise into which we fold ¼ cup of heavy cream, ¼ cup of chili sauce, 1 teaspoon of Lea & Perrins, ¼ cup of chopped green pepper, ¼ cup of chopped green onion, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, a dash of Tabasco Sauce, and salt and black pepper if needed.

Drain the crabmeat well and place in a mixing bowl. Slowly add  the Louis Sauce to the crabmeat while tossing lightly until the crabmeat is evenly coated with sauce.

Spoon the remaining sauce onto the centers of two plates. Wash and dry the Endive and arrange them on the plate around the sauce in a star pattern. Using a spoon, fill each Endive leaf with the crab salad. Using a pair of scissors, cut the grapes into tiny bunches. Arrange the bunches of grapes and strawberries around and in-between the stuffed Endive leaves.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Preparation Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 16 bite size crab cakes

Ingredients:
1 lb. crabmeat
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup unsalted saltines crushed
1 egg white
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
peanut oil

Method:
In a mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, Old Bay Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Add the crab meat and mix well. Add the cracker crumbs and the egg white and blend thoroughly. Divide the crab cake mixture into 16 equal portions and form them into uniform shapes. Place the crab cakes on wax paper and place in the freezer to chill for about an hour. Chilling will prevent the crab cakes from coming apart during cooking.

Pan fry the crab cakes in peanut oil until both sides are golden brown. Finish the crab cakes in the oven or microwave.

Portuguese Style Stuffed Clams

Preparation Time: Approx. 40 minutes
Yield: 15-18 stuffed little necks

Ingredients:
shells and meat from 9 little neck clams
¼ cup butter
¼ cup minced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup chourico
1 cup fresh chopped sea clams
¼ cup clam juice
1 tablespoon crushed wet pepper
¾ cup crushed unsalted saltines

Method:
Wash the little necks thoroughly and then steam them in a covered sauce pan until the clams open and the meat easily pulls away from the shell. Cool the clams under cold water, remove the clam meat, twist apart the shell half's and wash and drain the them. Finely grind the clam meat in a food processor and set aside. 

In a sauté pan melt the butter and lightly sauté the onion and the garlic. Add the chourico and sauté for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chopped clams and the clam meat and sauté until the clams are cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the clam juice and the wet pepper and return to a simmer. Remove the pan from the fire and add about half of the crushed saltines. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes and then check the consistency. If the mixture appears to be overly loose add the remaining crackers. 

The easiest and quickest way to stuff the clams is with a standard sized soup spoon. Place the stuffed clams on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 ° F for about 15 minutes.

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