James's jaunt around Britain: Crab cakes with homemade mayonnaise

James's jaunt around Britain: Crab cakes with homemade mayonnaise

James's jaunt around Britain: Crab cakes with homemade mayonnaiseBy James Martin For Weekend Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 February

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James’s jaunt around Britain: Crab cakes with homemade mayonnaise

James Martin For Weekend

James Martin tasted the most mouthwatering local produce in every corner of the UK for his new TV series and book – and here you can try his recipes yourself   

 Incredibly moreish and very easy to whip up, there is no faulting this dish 

 Incredibly moreish and very easy to whip up, there is no faulting this dish 

 Incredibly moreish and very easy to whip up, there is no faulting this dish 

Brown crabs, which like other crabs have both brown and white meat, are extremely commercially important and the crab fishery in British waters is one of the largest in the world. 

Brown crabs are found all over the British Isles, where the rocks and weeds provide cover. 

I’ve never eaten crab as good as the ones I tasted in Cromer, Norfolk, and in the Orkney Islands on this trip. These cakes showcase the delicious flavour of the fresh meat.

Serves 4

For the mayonnaise

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 200ml (7fl oz) vegetable oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the crab cakes

  • 400g (14oz) white crab meat
  • 400g (14oz) cooked potato, pushed through a ricer
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
  • A small bunch of chives, chopped
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour, for dusting
  • Olive oil, for frying

To serve

  • A small bunch of watercress
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges

Whisk the yolks, mustard and vinegar together in a medium bowl until smooth. 

Slowly pour in the vegetable oil, whisking well – this is easiest with an electric hand whisk. 

Continue to drizzle in the oil, whisking all the time, until the mixture has thickened. Season to taste.

Put the crab into a bowl with the cooked potato, spring onions, chives, lemon juice and egg yolk. Season and mix well. 

Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Dust your hands with flour and form each into a round fish cake shape about 8-10cm in diameter and 2cm thick.

Heat a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Drizzle with oil and pop the crab cakes in. 

Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden and heated through. You may need to cook them in batches.

To serve, place 2 crab cakes onto each plate. 

Garnish with watercress and a lemon wedge, and serve with mayonnaise on the side.

James Martin’s Great British Adventure is published by Quadrille, £25. To order a copy for £20, visit mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640, p&p is free. Spend £30 on books and get FREE premium delivery. Offer valid until 23/02/2019. 

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