Scallop and Crab Cakes

with Tomato, Mango, and Watermelon Salsa

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From Chef Ted Fondulas, Hemingway’s Restaurant, Killington, Vermont.

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh scallops*
1 pound crab meat
1/3 cup finely chopped red pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped scallion
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
Pinch cayenne
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon wasabi powder
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Tomato, Mango, and Watermelon Salsa

Instructions

Clean, dry, and chop scallops into ⅛-inch pieces (do not use a food processor; you’ll end up with scallop paste), then place in a bowl with cleaned crab meat. Add pepper, scallion, thyme, cayenne, and salt.

Add 1 tablespoon water to wasabi powder and mix until it forms a paste. Stir wasabi paste into mayonnaise, then add mixture to the scallop-crab mixture.

Divide to form 16 cakes and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Tomato, Mango, and Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

2 cups chopped tomato
1 cup chopped mango
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon crushed fennel seeds
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped watermelon
3 cups mixed greens
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine tomato, mango, thyme, fennel seeds, sesame seeds, sesame oil, jalapeno pepper, sugar, and vinegar. Toss and set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°. Saute scallop-crab cakes in vegetable oil 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place in a 425° oven 3 to 5 minutes, or until center is warm. Do not overcook.

Add watermelon to salsa and divide salsa among eight plates. Place 2 cakes on each bed of salsa. Toss mixed greens with salt, pepper, and olive oil, then place on top of cake.

*Chopped scallops, rather than mayonnaise and bread crumbs, act as the binder in this recipe. As a result, you want good- quality, untreated scallops (they are pinkish-brown in color). Avoid pearly white scallops that are sold in a preservative liquid.

Cooking & Recipes

Yield: 

16 cakes

Preparation Time: 

80 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

105 minutes

Preparation Method

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