Wishing for warmer days…Fresh Avocado and Crab Cakes

We’ve had quite a bit of snow here in New England over the past couple of weeks. 

It is New England though…we had a snow storm one day and sunny skies and temps in the 50s the very next day. 

The warmer days instantly drive cravings of seafood, light and bright flavors, BBQ, freshness! 

So I decided to splurge and buy fresh Maine jumbo lump crab meat, ripe avocados and the freshest salmon I could find. 

These Avocado Crab Cakes are certainly not an everyday thing here at the homestead but are truly delicious and worth every penny. 

Here’s how I made them-

Fresh Avocado and Crab Cakes|

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes 

  • 1 lb fresh jumbo lump crab meat
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp mayo 
  • 1/4 tsp old bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish

Start by halving your avocados, removing the pit and dicing in a cross-hatch pattern within the skin before removing the fruit with a spoon…

Next, toss the diced avocado with a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a pich of salt and pepper. Set aside.

Now it’s time for the crab. Mix the crab meat, mayo, old bay, and another pinch of salt and pepper. 

Grab a ramekin, I used a 1 cup ramekin…take two heaping tbsp of your crab mixture and pack it tightly into the ramekin. Then pack the same amount avocado on top of the crab. Once both are packed in tightly, take the back of a knife and run it along the inner edge off the ramekin; separating the avocado and crab cake from the ramekin slightly. 

Quickly turn the avocado and crab onto a serving plate and there you have it!!! 

Top it with a little squeeze of fresh lemon and some chopped cilantro. 

Summer on a plate!!!

Perfect with seafood, steak or chicken! Like we’re having tonight!!

People will think you’re all “fancy” when you make this dish. But really… all you need is 3 ingredients and a ramekin. 

Oh and a fork!! 

Loaded Cheeseburger Dip

Super Bowl 50 today!! Although I’m still broken up about the outcome of the AFC Championship. We were born and raised in New England after all. 

So while I can’t really cheer on my team, I CAN indulge in all the glorious football food! 

My contribution today will be this yummy creation! 

Loaded Cheeseburger Dip!

This stuff truly tastes like an ooey gooey cheeseburger! You get the tangy bite of mustard and relish and the creamy goodness of the melty cheese and tender beef. Onions give it a little crunch and BOOM! Cheeseburger on a chip.

It’s super easy to put together…

Mince up a sweet onion and saute in a little olive oil for a minute or two. 

 Then add your ground beef (in this case I used venison) and cook until no longer pink before adding steak sauce, ketchup, relish, mustard, salt and pepper.  

 Stir it all together and then add some cheese…You know what cheese I’m talking about… That lovely melty cheese product that you just can’t really duplicate with any other kind of cheese…

Everyone loves bacon! So add some of that too.

  Stir until completely melted…  

Pour the dip into a small baking dish and top with grated cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles and a bit of chopped parsley for freshness and a pop of color! 

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (if you choose to bake it right away) OR if you make it ahead of time bake it for 30-35 minutes. 

Then- garnish again!!! Mmm mmm mmmmmmmm!!!   

Loaded Cheeseburger Dip|

45 minutes, serves 10

  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, minced 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce (can sub Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 1/4 c plain marinara (optional)
  • 1/2 c relish 
  • 1/2 lb american cheese or cheese product
  • 1/4 c grated cheddar
  • 1/4 c bacon crumbles
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 350. 

Saute the onions in your olive oil. Add your ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add your sauces and stir to combine. Add a little bacon, your cheese (not the grated cheddar yet!) and stir till melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste (just a pinch!)

Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with half of your grated cheddar, parsley and bacon on top. Bake for 10 minutes and then garnish again!