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Island Crab Cakes

Executive Chef Abigail Hutchinson of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Grand Dining Room and Courtyard at Crane, kindly shares her recipe for superb crab cakes.

Island Crab Cakes
7 – 8 oz. Lump crab meat
12 oz. Mayonnaise
Dash of Sherry
Juice of ½ lemon
½ Whole egg
Dash of Old Bay seasoning
1oz. Ritz cracker crumbs, more as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Mix mayo, sherry, lemon juice, egg and Old Bay.
Fold in crab meat and 1oz. Cracker crumbs/ mix gently.
Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Using a 2 oz. Scoop, scoop the mix onto a half pan that has been dusted with the cracker crumbs.
Let sit in cooler for 15 minutes.
Gently coat outside of cakes with crackers.
Wrap tightly and chill for service.
For service:
Heat skillet over medium, and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter. Pat cakes and lightly coat with cracker crumbs. Sear the cakes over medium heat until golden brown on first side. Flip cakes over and finish in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes. Serve immediately with spicy mustard aioli or sauce of choice.
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Flower Power Cooking

From the chef at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel come these words of wisdom about cooking with flowers:

Incredible, Edible Flowers! – Chef Abigail Hutchinson

 

     With all the flowers blossoming and brightening our lives, I’d like to share some fun things with you. How about cooking with flowers?

     Pansies, mint, daylilies and squash blossoms are just a few of the flowers that we love to get and play with. They can accent desserts, appetizers, soups, salads and entrees in various exciting ways. Their colors and flavors can take any dish to the next level. Whether you’re just topping off a chilled Champagne and strawberry soup with a pedal of a pansy, or you’re adding a sprig of mint to your raspberry mousse, flowers tend to open the senses.

     I enjoy rough chopping a few varietals, mixing them with a dash of Chambourde and maybe a hint of cinnamon, and then using the mixture as a side garnish for a dessert such as cheesecake or a Bavarian cream. Or, for the same application, using aged balsamic vinegar instead of the Chambourde is nice as well. This gives an extra spike of flavor that will surely “turn on” the tongue sensors.

     Our chefs also enjoy stuffing squash blossoms and offering them as an appetizer special in the Grand Dinning Room. 

 

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