Tonight’s meal was initially intended to be two separate meals.
Meal #1: Chilled Avocado Soup
Meal #2: Crab Cake Sandwiches with Chipotle Remoulade
Then, it occurred to me how marvelously the two would go together, like peas and carrots. You see, avocados and crab love, love, love each other! If it were socially acceptable for a fruit to marry a crustacean, the two would run away together and make millions of adorable baby crabocados. Until that day, we’ll just have to settle for joining them in perfect culinary union. With that in mind, tonight we’re making Chilled Avocado Soup decked with a Crabcake and dressed with Chipotle Remoulade.
We’ve really got three separate recipes going on here. And, they’re kind of like those items in your wardrobe that you can mix and match with other outfits in all sorts of ways. Make these recipes together, as I’m doing tonight, or use them in other ways. The crab cakes are fantastic as a sandwich or on their own, served on a bed of slaw. They’re wonderful full-sized or make perfect bite-sized hors d’ oeuvres. Serve them alongside a filet mignon with bernaise sauce for a really special dinner. The remoulade, a seasoned mayonnaise-based sauce, is great on seafood, but would also be delicious with chicken or roast beef. It also makes a great sandwich spread. Even I, the despiser of mayonnaise, enjoy this remoulade. The chilled avocado soup can stand alone (with a little dollop of creme fraiche) or top it with grilled shrimp, lobster, or broiled sea bass. Your options are truly unlimited.
Chilled Avocado Soup
- 2 Ripe Avocados, skin and seed removed
- 3/4 cup Chicken Stock (plus more, if desired)*
- 1/2 cup Creme Fraiche (or sour cream)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 1/4 cup Parsley Leaves or Cilantro
- 1/2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp Salt (plus more, if desired)
- Pepper, to taste
- 1/2 Jalapeno Pepper, chopped fine (optional)*
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Add additional broth to make the soup thinner, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
*Use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup.
* To add some spice without compromising the bright green color, add jalapeno pepper. I did not have a jalapeno on hand when I make this soup today, but my guess is that 1/2 jalapeno should be about right.
Broiled Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
- 1 pound Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, cooked*
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs or cracker crumbs)
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
- 2 tsp Old Bay or Creole Seasoning
- 1 tsp Mustard
- 1 tsp Garlic, minced
*You can steam and pick your own crabs, if you want. But, I always buy steamed jumbo lump crab meat, that’s been hand-picked and packaged. It’s a time-saving and mess-saving option, which in my opinion, makes very little difference in the quality of the final product.
Preheat broiler. Combine all ingredients, except the crab meat, in a bowl. Mix until well blended. Gently fold the crab meat into the other ingredients, taking care not to break up the chunks too much. Use your hands to form four equal sized balls of the crab mixture. Place the balls on a baking sheet and gently flatten into thick patties. Place under the broiler and cook for about 10 minutes until completely heated through.
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Chipotle Pepper (from can of chipotles in adobo)
- 1 Tbsp Capers
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Pickle
- 1 Anchovy fillet*
- 1 tsp Mustard
*Run your fingers along the anchovy, as you rinse it under running water to check for and remove any larger bones. If you choose to omit the anchovie, you may want to add a dash of salt to the sauce.
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To compose the dish:
Ladle some soup into a shallow bowl. (You don’t want the crabcake to drown in the soup, so don’t fill the bowl too deep.) Place the cooked crabcake in the center of the soup. Drizzle chipotle remoulade over the crab cake.
A little trick for drizzling the remoulade over your crab cake – Spoon some of the sauce into a small sandwich bag or ziploc. Use a pair of scissors to cut off a tiny bit of one corner. Squeeze the sauce through the hole onto your crabcake.
Crab Cakes and Avocado. What The Gourmand Mom has joined together, let no one put asunder.