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Crab Cake Po' Boys with Lemon Aioli

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • MAKE-AHEAD

These massive sandwiches combine crispy crab cakes and a tangy, honey-sweetened mayonnaise on a crunchy baguette. It's the kind of crave-inducing food that owners Joshua Henderson and Danny Sizemore create on the fly in their vintage trailer in Seattle called Skillet.

LEMON AIOLI

  1. 1 cup mayonnaise
  2. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  4. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  6. 1 teaspoon minced thyme
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  8. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

PO’ BOYS

  1. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  2. 3 tablespoons minced piquillo peppers (about 3)
  3. 1 tablespoon minced cornichons (about 4)
  4. 1 small shallot, minced
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  7. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  10. Freshly ground pepper
  11. 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
  12. 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  13. Vegetable oil, for frying
  14. Four 8-inch hoagie rolls or baguettes, split
  15. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  16. 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  17. 10 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  1. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, thyme and honey and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the mayonnaise with the piquillo peppers, cornichons, shallot, egg, parsley, mustard, salt and lemon zest. Season with pepper and fold in the crab and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the panko. Form the mixture into 2-inch cakes about 1/4 inch thick; you should have about 12 crab cakes.
  3. Spread the remaining 2 cups of panko on a large plate. Coat the crab cakes with the panko, pressing to help the panko adhere.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Fry the crab cakes in 2 batches, turning once, until golden on both sides, about 6 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Spread the hoagie rolls with the butter and toast under the broiler until the edges are golden and crisp, about 1 minute. Spread the rolls with a generous amount of the lemon aioli. Lay 3 crab cakes on the bottom half of each roll and top with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Close the sandwiches and serve immediately.
Make Ahead The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.