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Vegan Crab Cakes with Creole Ravigote

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 3-4 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 cakes 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Diet: Vegan

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Ingredients

CRAB CAKES 

  • 1 14-oz can chickpeas (reserve bean juice, aka aquafaba)
  • 1 14-oz cans hearts of palm, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • ½ sizeable red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Creole (can also use spicy brown) mustard
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs + ½ cup more for coating
  • Salt and pepper

 

CREOLE RAVIGOTE

  • 3 Tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp of capers, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp of cornichons (pickles), chopped
  • 1 tsp each of dried parsley, chervil, and tarragon 
  • 1 Tbsp Creole mustard or coarse ground spicy brown mustard
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp of shallots, finely chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

CRAB CAKES

  1. Place the chickpeas in a food processor and pulse. Don’t over process just enough to break them down.  Remove from food processor and set aside.
  2. Repeat process with hearts of palm. You want a crab-like texture. Do not over-process.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Dice jalapenos.
  4. Add chickpeas, hearts of palm, and jalapeños to a large bowl.  Add celery, bell pepper, and scallions.  Mix well to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the reserved chickpea liquid until foaming – this will take a few minutes. Add all remaining ingredients except bread crumbs. Stir well to combine.
  6. Add liquid mixture to crab cake mixture and mix well. You may need to use your hands.  Add breadcrumbs and season with salt and pepper. 
  7. On a lined baking sheet, form the mixture into 2” balls and flatten with a spatula or your hand.
  8. Chill cakes, uncovered, for ½ hour to help set.
  9. Place the remaining ½ cup of panko in a shallow dish.
  10. Coat each cake with the remaining panko.  Lightly brush with remaining aquafaba. 
  11. Heat an oil-coated skillet on medium-high heat.
  12. Lightly pan fry for 3 minutes on each side. (You can also air fry for 10 minutes at 400°).
  13. Do this with the remaining mixture. I usually fit 4-5 patties on the skillet at a time. When they are cooked, transfer them to a plate covered with a paper towel.
  14. Serve with a dollop of the Ravigote. lemon wedge, and fresh greens.

CREOLE RAVIGOTE

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until evenly combined.
  2. If you’re like me and you like your Ravigote sauce extra spicy, you can add cayenne pepper to taste.

Notes

Makes between 10-12 crab cakes.  

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